Editor's comment: A new look BRI will be a real tonic
THE Bristol Royal Infirmary plays a pivotal role in the care of the Greater Bristol community and areas much further afield. To anyone merely passing by this edifice in the city's upper Maudlin Street, however, its Queen's Building does not make a pretty sight.
It is, sadly, a building of its time, and back when it was planned and opened in the early Seventies, it was hailed as a hospital of the future. These days, despite all the good work done within its walls, it looks tired and dated on the outside.
Now the University Hospitals Bristol trust which runs therBRI is planning top change all that, refurbishing and remodelling the dour Queen's Building facade. To that end they have invited a series of architectural ideas from six international artists and architects for the revamp.
These are revealed in today's paper and each one shows a bold initiative when it comes to design. One resembles a striking wave wall, another features grass growing on rooftops.
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Members of the public are being invited to have their say on the various schemes before a shortlist is drawn up and a final decision taken this summer. That will be an important one for Bristol because this is a vital and iconic building which needs to look good as well as do good.