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Southmead Hospital Site Redevelopment

The final phase of the Southmead site redevelopment is now underway.

Removal of temporary buildings like pharmacy and the Kendon restaurant have already taken place and now work has begun on the demolition of the former hospital buildings that were vacated in May 2014.

When Phase Two is complete one of the biggest improvements will be around on-site parking for patients, visitors and staff – bringing the total number of spaces up to 2,700 in 2016.

A brand new multi-storey car park specifically for patients and visitors will be created right next door to the main entrance, enabling people to directly access the Brunel building under cover.

Southmead Site

Until then, the current multi-storey car park at Beaufort Way is available for visitors and patients. A free shuttle bus runs regularly to and from the Brunel building or it is a short walk made easy by following the yellow dots.

When the new multi-storey car park opens, the existing one will be allocated to staff only – along with additional flat level parking on the area where the Avon Orthopaedic Centre used to be.  

The area in front of the hospital will be opened out and more than doubled in size, allowing much better flow for buses and ambulances dropping off at the front door.

There will also be a cycle centre for staff and visitors with storage for 300 bikes as well as changing and shower facilities. Bicycle hoops for around 150 people will be available outside the new facilities.

Equipment decontamination services – currently based off site at Frenchay and Almondsbury will be brought back on site.

When the site is complete there will be more on-site parking along with pleasant green, open spaces, a bigger shop, offices and seminar rooms and a cycle centre.

A space for the community and a place of healing

To create the right environment for recovery, work will take place to landscape the site, creating green spaces for all to enjoy.

A series of landmarks began with the installation of the three monkey sculptures at the Emergency Department entrance, the lion was installed outside the Brunel building in May 2016 and more animal sculptures will be added in 2017.

At this time, a community arts space will open in the new hospital which will host activities to support patient and staff wellbeing, funded by Southmead Hospital Charity.

Live music and community events will also take place in a specially created outdoor space.


Site development works

Winter 2015/16:

  • Pathology Phase Two complete


  • Multi-storey car par for the public
  • Surface car park for staff


  • Change to Southmead Way - becomes a public avenue and parkland
  • New road laid from Southmead Road – direct to the Brunel building

Brunel building


  • Offices
  • Seminar rooms
  • Community arts room
  • Cycle centre
  • Expanded retail outlet
  • Decontamination facilities