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Six vie for Bristol Royal Infirmary facade revamp

A longlist of international practices and artists has been drawn up for the £2.2 million overhaul of the Queen’s Building facade at Bristol Royal Infirmary

Outfits competing for the high-profile job include Swedish architects Tham & Videgard, Præmium Imperiale-winning painter Daniel Buren and New York-based designers SO-IL.

Madrid architects Nieto Sobejano and Polish artist Antoni Malinowski are also listed along Bristol-based public engagement artist Luke Jerram – the only UK finalist.

Bristol Royal Infirmary facade shortlist:

  • Tham & Videgard
  • Daniel Buren
  • SO-IL
  • Nieto Sobejano
  • Antoni Malinowski
  • Luke Jerram

Focusing on the facade, the project is part of CODA Architects’ £80 million overhaul of the hospital, which will create a new ward block, helipad and entrance by 2014.

Completed in 1973 by Watkins Gray, the grey concrete building was an extension to the hospital’s 1912 Percy Adams and Charles Holden-designed King Edward VII Memorial Building. But recently it has proved unpopular.

The 1973 Watkins Gray-designed Queen's Building at Bristol Royal Infirmary. Image by Linda Bailey

Source: Image by Linda Bailey

The 1973 Watkins Gray-designed Queen’s Building at Bristol Royal Infirmary. Image by Linda Bailey

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Robert Woolley said: ‘The appearance of BRI does not reflect the quality of care we give, and the redevelopment project presents the opportunity to create a more positive first impression.’

Rob Gregory of the Bristol Architecture Centre described the contest as a ‘big step forward’ in the city’s architectural ambition.

The public will help select a shortlist of three, and a winner will be announced in July.




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