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12 July 2011

City & Country Group Agrees Terms on Bristol General Hospital

City & Country Group, the award-winning restoration and conservation specialist has agreed terms with University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the landmark Grade II listed Bristol General Hospital. The company has established a reputation for prestigious and sensitive conversions of listed and historic buildings. This will be City & Country's first major development in the South West.

The site extends to almost three acres with the imposing main hospital building sitting upon the quayside. This structure along with the former lodge and main hospital gates on Guinea Street are Grade II listed. A further array of Victorian buildings on the site are either curtilage listed or listed by association. The hospital has been influenced by a range of architectural styles as it was added to throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. City & Country Group has announced their intention to ensure that the buildings, which have been purchased at a cost of in excess of £6 million, are restored to their former glory.

Tim Sargeant, Chief Executive of City & Country Group, comments, "Bristol General Hospital is our first major acquisition outside of our traditional area of the South East and we are looking forward to bringing our experience and expertise in restoration to this exciting project. With its stunning waterside location close to the centre of the city we believe that it will provide a new dimension to the Harbourside area.

"We will spend the next few months gathering a team which is appropriate for such a prestigious location and working closely with the community, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol City Council and English Heritage to draw up appropriate plans for this landmark building.

"Securing such a high profile and historic building is another step forward for City & Country in fulfilling our vision for the company. Through our specialisation in the conservation and restoration of heritage buildings we have seen strong growth over the past year and we are keen to continue to ensure architecturally important buildings remain in valuable use."

The Bristol General Hospital is now a rehabilitation hospital for the elderly and stroke patients which treats patients from Bristol and North Somerset. It has 77 inpatient beds and outpatient facilities including clinics, physiotherapy services, and a day assessment service for elderly people. There is also a sleep clinic and a sleep studies department serving a wider population in the South West.

The Bristol General Hospital will close in 2012 when the planned South Bristol Community Hospital opens and the care of the elderly and rehabilitation services currently provided at the General transfer to the new hospital. South Bristol Community Hospital will provide a walk-in minor injuries unit and GP out-of-hours service; operating theatres for day surgery; inpatient beds for stroke and rehabilitation; clinics for a range of outpatient appointments; diagnostic tests such as X-rays, scans and endoscopies, a dental services and training for student dentists.

Deborah Lee, Director of Strategic Development for University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, "The Bristol General Hospital has been an important part of Bristol healthcare delivery for more than a century and it is therefore important for the city and for future patients that the healthcare services continue to be provided but that they are provided in a modern and appropriate environment. South Bristol Community Hospital will provide such accommodation. Before ownership is transferred to City & Country we will have an open day for local people to come and look round the building as well as capturing its important role in the provision of healthcare over the decades through a memory project."

Andrew Scott, Senior Surveyor within Bristol Agency & Development at BNP Paribas Real Estate, said: "This was a major, high profile instruction, regarding this key city centre development opportunity and we are thrilled to have agreed terms on the sale of the property to a developer with an outstanding reputation as 'best in class' for sensitive restoration and regeneration.

"Bristol General Hospital represents one of the largest redevelopment sites in the city and we see it as a potential catalyst to stimulate the wider regeneration of western Redcliffe. It has the potential to accommodate a wide variety of sustainable uses and thus, breathe a new life into the local area"

 City & Country's current projects include stunning and highly sensitive conversions of a variety of Grade II and II* listed buildings including The Galleries, Brentwood, Old Saint Michaels, Braintree, Balls Park, Hertford, Bentley Priory, Stanmore and King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst. For further information, contact City & Country Group on telephone: 01279 817 882 or visit