Glenside Campus, Bristol

AB Heritage were privileged to be the principal heritage consultants for a prestigious university in Bristol, to assist them with assesments for their estate management.


Glenside Asylum


AB Heritage consultant Kerry Kerr-Peterson provided thorough research and fabric analysis to produce a Statement of Significance, covering the entire Grade II Listed former Bristol Lunatic Asylum complex on campus. This was necessary preparation for entering into a Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement with the local planning authority, which would enable the university to undertake remedial works to the complex site more easily.

The research placed the former asylum in a regional and national context and found that, opened in 1861, the Bristol Lunatic Asylum was the last County Asylum to be built in the South West region, following the reforms set out in the 1845 Lunacy Act. In a national context, it was a centre for pioneering medical research and in the development of the treatment of mental health patients.

Glenside 2

AB Heritage became experts in the history and development of the site and therefore continued to assist the client with further works to the complex, including the redevelopment of the former asylum laundry. We produced a Heritage Statement for the works and undertook an Historic Building Recording to discharge the planning conditions and enable to redevelopment to proceed and for the university to maintain its prestigious reputation as a centre for medical training.

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