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Student residences at the disused hospital site are set to open this year

A new block of student accommodation is set to open later this year, according to its developer.

Unite the students built 431-bed wards on the former hospital site along Marlborough Street, with facilities including a cinema, karaoke room and private gym. The former site of Bristol Royal Infirmary (BIS) will be renamed Campbell House, in honor of campaigner Princess Campbell, who was one of the city’s first black ward sisters and helped to lead the city’s fight against racial discrimination.

A Unite spokesperson has now said: ‘We remain on track to open for the start of the academic year in September.

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The £45million development will become Unite’s 15th property in the city. Matthew Loughlin, Group Development Director at Unite Students, previously said: “When completed, Campbell House will be the crown jewel of our properties in Bristol.

“The mixed-use development will create a unique space, sensitively combining old and new, in a prime city center location. We hope it will become a real asset to the wider city of Bristol and to the local community.”

The building permit was granted in February 2020, but work was interrupted during the first months of the pandemic. The new site is located in the heart of Bristol city centre, within walking distance of the University of Bristol campus and close to the city’s main hospital, bus station and central shopping district.

Part of the former BRI hospital, including the Georgian facade, will be retained and converted into 62 residential apartments, 20% of which will be reserved for essential workers at a reduced price.

A small chapel on the site, known as the Fripps Chapel, will be renovated and refurbished for community use. The other buildings on the site have been demolished and a new student apartment building is being built in their place.

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