A hospital in Bristol - which is one of the oldest in the country - looks set to be developed into a thriving hub of flats and bars, thisisbristol.co.uk reports.
The former General Hospital, on Guinea Street, closed its doors in April and now the deeds have finally changed hands. Developers have now submitted a planning application to Bristol City Council to turn the listed building into a complex of flats, bars and shops.
The interest of Bristol estate agents was thought to have been piqued when planners initially raised the idea of building a skyscraper on the building's site, but this idea was revoked amid complaints from Redcliffe residents.
As the hospital is a Grade-II listed building, the external facade will be kept intact, although some smaller buildings look set to be demolished to make way for newer additions. Much of the remaining external property will be renovated during the development.
Developers, meanwhile, have claimed that whilst the building will be altered from its initial offering as a hospital, much of what makes the landmark building so cherished will remain intact, something achieved through numerous meetings with locals and councillors.
They add that turning the hospital into flats and shops will guarantee its future in the long-term and make the Grade-II listed building available for Bristol residents to view for many years to come, prweb.com reports.