We are very proud to have been involved in the regeneration over the last four years of The General in Bristol. It has recently been visited by George Clarke of Amazing Spaces who was impressed by the transformation the building has undergone. You can see the before and after in the videos posted below.
History of The General in Bristol
Originally opened as the Bristol General Hospital in 1858, the building cost a grand total of £28,000. Much of the funding came from local workers who gave a penny a week towards building and running costs. The hospital closed its doors in 2012 and City & Country snapped up the opportunity to restore the Grade II listed building to its former glory. A hodge podge of characterless 20th century extensions and repairs to extensive WWII bomb damage had faded the renaissance grandeur of the building. The architectural restoration has won City & Country a host of awards, including Heritage Property of the Year in the Michelmore’s Property Awards and the 2017 South West RICS Award for Building Conservation.
Our contribution to the restoration
Our client Weston Electrical Services Ltd are carrying out the full mechanical and electrical installation to the apartments and infrastructure of the building for which we have supplied a wide range of skilled operatives. When finished, the building will incorporate 205 one to four bedroom luxury apartments and houses. We have also assisted Weston in completing the M&E design and installation of a waterside restaurant complex which includes the Michelin starred ‘Casamia’, located beneath the apartment building.
Since October 2014 we have filled 148 placements for the site supplying roles across the M&E spectrum; from mechanical contractors and engineers, pipefitters and plumbers, to electricians & electrical testers. The skilled mechanical and electrical work of our operatives has helped bring modern comfort and convenience to the homes. All feature intruder alarms and mains operated smoke detectors with internal cabling installed for terrestrial television. Other mod cons include video activated door entry and radiators or underfloor heating powered by a communal heating system. All this is an impressive task in a listed building split into 205 units! We are excited to see the conclusion of the project and the difference it will make to the BS1 area of Bristol.
Watch below to see the incredible before and after effect that this restoration has had on the building.
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