In spite of
the optimism shown in the reports of
2013, the only thing that happened to the hospital was that it was
totally closed in 2014 with all the facilities transferred maily to the
enlarged Southmead hospital - only the Burden Institute and the Brain Injury
stayed at Frenchay. The Mansion, a listed building, also remained and is
expected to revert to residential accommodation.
In 2016 the site was sold to Redrow Homes for
houses, a school and a possible clinic; all the original
buildings were demolished, apart from the
water tower. Construction then started on salmost five hundred three,
and five bedroomed houses. The architects' redevolpment plans
contain the statement:
plans for a primary school proposes three different character areas.
There will be one residential area of formal, Georgian-style houses,
another village section with medium density and a third suburban area
with fewer homes and plenty of green open spaces"
Redrow Homes' Plan. Phase One of development to the north of the old A&E entrance.
By July 2017 some of the houses were at roof level.
Village Museum had been approached for names of people associated with
the history of the land and hospital, these names to be given
the new streets and roads between the houses. My book on the History of
Frenchay Hospital proved a source for some of the names. Among those
Sinatra Way (Frank Sinatra visited the hospital during the war, as did
Bob Hope) and Briggs Road. Thus, I have achieved a level of
immortality!! See to the far right of the plan, above.
Briggs on the constructed, but not yet finished, Briggs Road .
September 2017. The road was the first completed of the proposed new
James Briggs, now aged 84 and retired since May 1993,
Summer 2018. A temporary rod sign.
Updated December 2018