Joanna Yeates' family moved by idea for Southmead Hospital memorial
The family of Joanna Yeates are deeply moved by the idea of a memorial in her memory at Southmead Hospital.
The murdered 25-year-old architect could be honoured on the site of her final project – the new £430-million super hospital currently being built.
Landscape designer Miss Yeates was working for Building Design Partnership (BDP) on designs for gardens when she vanished on December 17.
Her creative drawings were part of the last project she worked on before she was strangled and her body dumped next to Longwood Lane, Failand.
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The NHS trust behind the massive project said although no plans had yet been made, they would be open to working with BDP to recognise Miss Yeates' efforts with a memorial.
Miss Yeates' father David told the Evening Post: "It would be quite moving if a memorial was built. I think Jo would have absolutely loved it.
"She was very hard working and everything she did she put her heart and soul into. She worked many long hours and just wanted to do the best she could."
Speaking from the family home in Hampshire, the 63-year-old added: "If she was recognised like this it would be nice to think that in the future visitors to the hospital might ask who she was. Bristol was her last place and she did contribute to it."
Ruth Brunt, chief executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, said: "North Bristol NHS Trust would like to extend its sincere and heartfelt condolences to Joanna's friends and family at this incredibly sad time. She was a very valued member of the team working on the design of the internal hospital gardens that will be such an important part of the new Southmead Hospital development when it opens to patients in 2014.
"We would be very happy to work with BDP, Joanna's employer, to consider something that would commemorate her life and the work she did for the new hospital."
BDP, where Miss Yeates and her boyfriend Greg Reardon both worked, are the official architects behind the project, which has a completion date of 2014.
The state-of-the-art hospital is aimed at serving 500,000 patients across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The design features 800 beds, 32 state-of-the-art operating theatres and diagnostic rooms and an emergency department with direct access from a helipad.
But a key part of the design are the green spaces where patients can relax, which Miss Yeates played a key role in designing.
Bosses at BDP, based on Hill Street, have also backed the idea of a memorial.
Keith Pavey, director of BDP's Bristol studio, said: "It would be a very nice gesture for that to happen and we would be delighted to endorse it."
The company Miss Yeates worked for from September 2008 is deciding in the coming days how it will mark Miss Yeates' death.
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