The AWW designed South Bristol Community Hospital opens next month as part of the long awaited Hengrove Park regeneration project.

After a 60 year wait and decades of campaigning the new hospital will open its doors on the 30th March ready to serve the South Bristol population. It is the first hospital in Bristol to be built south of the River Avon and is anticipated to deal with 145,000 patients a year.

South Bristol Community Hospital will deliver primary healthcare to over 60,000 people currently dependant on health centres or city-centre facilities. It will provide an Outpatients’ department, Urgent Care centre, Diagnostic imaging, a large dental Clinic, Day Surgery and 60 beds for inpatients with an emphasis on rehabilitation and recuperation closer to home.

The design team worked closely alongside the client, contractor and end users to develop a concept design capable of accommodating a rapidly evolving brief. The finished design provides a flexible layout, easily adaptable to respond to ongoing developments in how healthcare is delivered and is geared to meet the needs of our community for generations to come.

The building adopts a range of environmental design features and will consume 30% less energy than the NHS best practice benchmark (only 27.6 GJ/100m3/annum). Photovoltaic cells supply energy and the mini CHP plant minimises energy wastage.

Through these and other initiatives the hospital is able to save £86,000pa of heating costs alone.

         That’s the equivalent to paying for 4 extra Emergency Room nurses full time for a year.

Ben Bennett, NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire programme director says, “I think it absolutely is a community hospital in every sense, because local people have campaigned for it over decades and, in particular, the last ten years I have been involved. In consultation meetings it was clear this actually meant something.”

South Bristol Community Hospital forms a key part of a wider regeneration programme that has provided state of the art facilities for the local community, helping to re-integrate this sometimes neglected area back into this fantastic city. The finished building is a testament to what can be achieved through a genuine spirit of mutual collaboration and partnership.