Bristol Royal Infirmary Topping Out

The topping out ceremony for Unite Student’s redevelopment of the former Bristol Royal Infirmary site was held on the 23rd November. Unite were joined by the main contractor RG Group to thank all parties involved with the project to date. Alec French Architects helped secure planning permission for the development which will deliver student accommodation, private housing, retail, and a new public square.

Phase 1 of the project, the student accommodation, is due to complete this summer for the next academic year.



Cargo Work is now on-site with the steel frame nearing completion within the 8M tall Gaol walls. Cargo Work will house four floors of spacious and flexible office space designed for businesses of all sizes looking for a unique environment.

Forming part of the Wapping Wharf masterplan, the building replaces the Frys Warehouse that used to stand within the listed walls. Later lean-to structures have been removed to create a generous public realm to the front of the building and to allow the scale of the Gaol walls to be fully appreciated.

Following the success of the temporary retail accommodation at Wapping Wharf – Cargo 1 and 2 – the building fits neatly into the wider masterplan, continuing the shipping container style and industrial architypes found throughout the development.



Great to see a local infill scheme AFA obtained planning permission for now built. From render to reality.

Alec French Architects designed a scheme for 6 homes in Bedminster on a challenging infill site taking the project from initial design through to planning consent. The building forms were derived from the local context and the window positions were developed to maintain privacy, which give the scheme its distinctive character.

It’s great to see the works completed so close to their original intent.

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Striking on-going work at Bristol Beacon shows the extents of the refurbishment works to this landmark listed structure.

Willmott Dixon have been photographing the incredible site progress being made at Bristol Beacon. Head to their Flickr for a sneak peak of what has been happening behind the scaffolding:


Working alongside Willmott Dixon and Levitt Bernstein, Alec French Architects are helping on the refurbishment works currently underway within this iconic city centre music venue.

The fully restored Gaol Gatehouse is now open at our newly completed Phase 2 mixed use scheme at Wapping Wharf.

Atmospheric lighting highlights the contrast from old to new as the restored Gaol Gate marks the entrance to Wapping Wharf Phase 2. External public spaces are now open for all to experience as the last few homes are sold to the latest residents of Wapping Wharf.

Restoration works to the gates were completed by architectural metalwork specialists Dorothea Restorations with a public art installation by Julie Thaysom (commissioned by Gingko) to be installed at a later date.

Photograph by @JonCraig_Photos