BRI hoardings given a makeover as redevelopment work continues
THE front of a city centre hospital has been given a colourful makeover while works are carried out to improve its appearance.
Hoardings outside Bristol Royal Infirmary have been brightened up with street art featuring the faces of hospital staff and those working on its redevelopment.
Work has started on the transformation of the front of the hospital to make it more welcoming to patients and visitors.
Glass and green cladding will be used to improve the 1970s section of the hospital known as the Queen's Building. A new ward block is also being built behind the hospital to make room for the transfer of specialist children's services from Frenchay next year, an integrated assessment unit, intensive care unit, theatres and a helipad.
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Artists Anthony Donnelly and Peter Barber from Urban Canvas were commissioned by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, to produce the artwork.
The hoardings are set to stay in place until the end of 2013 while building work takes place behind them.
As well as reflecting the staff who work inside the hospital, the artwork has been commissioned by the trust to put out the message that it is "investing in building a better Bristol and transforming care for our patients".
Behind the hoardings, work has started on steelwork for the extension, which will become the new entrance area with shop units, a welcome centre and reception area for patients. Over the next four weeks the frame will be completed, ready for the copper cladding and large glazed units to be installed.
Mr Donnelly from Urban Canvas said that they started work on designing the hoardings before Christmas.
"All the people on the hoardings are real people who are either working on the new construction on the site or real nurses and doctors who work there," he said.