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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."