Proposed Demolition of BRI Old Building

Oh no!
 A developer, Unite, has submitted a new application 17/02413/F to completely demolish the BRI Old Building and its chapel. Both buildings are on Bristol’s Local List of Valued Buildings.

The Old Building has been much altered and extended since it was designed by Thomas Paty in 1784 but surely should be re-configured to serve a new purpose. (The General Hospital was successfully converted to residential use recently, as we all know.)

 The Chapel is on Whitson Street, opposite the coach station, was designed by Samuel Charles Fripp (mid- late 19th century) and is unusual for being a two-storey building. Now buildings around have been cleared away, it can be better seen for what it is and looks marvellous.
Both buildings have great potential and should infuse a renaissance of the site.
A great number of letters of passionate objection to their demolition have been submitted but more should be written, particularly from the Kingsdown.
 Further objection could and has been made to:
the height and mass of the very ordinary building proposed to all but fill the area between Marlborough Street, Whitson Street and Lower Maudlin Street.
the 715 student bedspaces and the intensification of that monoculture in the locality
Visit  and find your way to planning application 17/02413/F
View the proposals and other citizens’ comments.
Submit comments online by clicking the Comment button or by email to de********************@br*****.uk
The closing date for comment is 20th June 2017.

1 comment on “Proposed Demolition of BRI Old Building”

This is absolutely awful, it is a beautiful building and so many old buildings have already unnecessarily been demolished or destroyed. How many buildings for students is Unite going to build, is there no way to stop Unite destroying Bristol town centre?
Could you please post the petition on Facebook? it would be a way to reach many people and local organisations in Bristol.

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