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Former Bristol Hospital to Become Student Flats

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A former private hospital in Bristol will be developed into purpose-built student accommodation after city planners gave the scheme the green light.

St Mary's Hospital has been vacant for a number of years after Nuffield moved to the Chesterfield Hospital in Clifton Village.

However, plans have now been approved to develop the site into student accommodation consisting of 153 beds. The bed spaces will be delivered as a mix of studios, two-bed apartments and townhouses.

A four-storey extension will be added to the southern end of the hospital building as well as a number of three-storey townhouses and a 2-3 storey pavilion on the site of the existing car park.

Empiric purchased the site last year for more than £8 million and already runs two schemes at College Green and at William and Matthew House in Colston Street.

Commenting on development, Time Attlee acting CEO of Empiric, said: "We're delighted to have been able to evolve a design which is sympathetic to the principal building and its setting and will secure its long-term future."

"We always endeavour to be a considerate neighbour and we will collaborate with nearby residents to ensure that this is the case at St Mary's during the construction and operational phases."

"Purpose-built student accommodation helps relieve the pressure on traditional rented housing stock, allowing families and young professionals the opportunity to live affordably and close to work."

"The provision of 153 student beds at St Mary's Hospital will help Bristol meet its broader housing needs, as well as removing the uncertainty that has been hanging over this important property's future for the last six years."