19 May 2015
Work starts on new façade for the Bristol Royal Infirmary
Work has started this week on a new façade for Bristol Royal
Infirmary (BRI), one of the final elements of a £92 million
redevelopment of the hospital.
The design, named 'Veil', by Spanish architects Nieto Sobejano,
was one of six submissions put forward in an international
competition run by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation
Trust (UH Bristol) in 2012/3. It was selected as the winner
following a public vote and recommendation from the panel
overseeing the competition, which included representatives of
Bristol's creative and architectural design community, supported by
art consultancy Willis Newson.
Robert Woolley, chief executive, UH Bristol,
said: "We believe that Nieto Sobejano's design strongly meets the
original aims of the commission, namely to create a landmark
building for Bristol that is welcoming, enhances the streetscape
and public realm, and reflects, through excellence in design, our
reputation for clinical excellence."
UH Bristol has appointed D&B Facades to undertake the
installation. Work is expected to take around nine months to
complete. During the works access to the physiotherapy department
on level one of the BRI will remain open for patients and staff
however there will be no parking in the level one area while work
is being undertaken.
"The construction of the façade is likely to
cause some disruption to access to the Bristol Royal Infirmary, but
we will ensure that patients, visitors and staff are kept informed
of any changes."
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