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Temporary road closure on Terrell Street main entrance to the BRI and BRHC

Last updated: 08/06/2021

The road entrance (Terrell Street) into the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) will be temporarily closed for up to six weeks from Monday 14 June.

The temporary closure of Terrell Street, which is the road entrance to the hospitals off Upper Maudlin Street, is to allow work to take place to create a new heating and energy system which will cut carbon emissions dramatically at Bristol’s city centre hospitals and increase resilience for the system.

During the temporary closure, the drop-off and disabled parking between the BRI and BRHC on Terrell Street will be unavailable, as will the drop-off parking to the front of the main BRI building on Upper Maudlin Street. The bus stops are unaffected.

Ambulances, emergency vehicles and patients being driven to hospital in an emergency will still be able to arrive at the front of the hospitals. Traffic marshals will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the works.

Pedestrians will still be able to access the BRI and BRHC from the main entrances.

Alternative drop-off and disabled parking arrangements will be in place during the duration of the works:

  • Patients being driven to hospital in an emergency, should arrive at the front of the BRI/BRHC on level 2 (main traffic entrance to the hospital off Upper Maudlin Street) where they will be directed and assisted about where to drop off the patient and then where to park. Please speak to a traffic marshal at the entrance to the BRI/BRHC if you need assistance.
  • Patients being dropped off at hospital (non-emergency) should go to the Bristol Heart Institute Level 5 drop-off, which will be signposted. Please speak to a traffic marshal at the entrance to the BRI/BRHC or at BHI Level 5 drop-off if you need assistance.
  • Patients with a disability (non-emergency) being driven to hospital should go to the Bristol Heart Institute Level 5 disabled parking bays, which will be signposted. Lift access is available to all levels. Please speak to a traffic marshal at the entrance to the BRI/BRHC or at BHI Level 5 drop-off if you need assistance.
  • Taxis will drop-off and pick-up from either the BHI Level 5 drop-off, which will be signposted or the main road on Upper Maudlin Street, if safe and appropriate to do so. Please speak to a traffic marshal at the entrance to the BRI/BRHC or at BHI Level 5 drop-off if you need assistance.
  • Cycling parking at the front of the BRI will be unavailable during the works. The nearest cycle parking is outside Dolphin House (pavement area between the main BRI building and Trust Headquarters where Upper Maudlin Street meets Marlborough Street).

We apologise for any inconvenience or disruption caused by these works.

View this map showing the temporary locations for drop-off/pick-up for non-emergency patients, taxi drop-offs/pick-ups and disabled parking.

Additional information about the CHP and district heating facility:

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is creating a new heating and energy system which will cut carbon emissions dramatically at Bristol’s city centre hospitals and increase resilience for the system.

The first phase of this work has seen the Trust replace its existing 1MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine with a larger 3.36MW CHP and district heating facility which is enabling the organisation to efficiently generate more low carbon electricity and heat. 

The CHP will use natural gas to generate low cost and low carbon electricity to supply the Trust, reducing the need to import grid electricity.

The CHP engine takes the heat generated from this process to distribute hot water through insulated district heating pipes to provide a heat supply for the hospitals.

Generating electricity and heat through one fuel source simultaneously is more efficient than traditional power generation as the heat that is ordinarily wasted when generating electricity is recovered and used in the hospitals’ heating system.

This facility has been connected to the Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Terrell Street ward block and St Michael’s Hospital.

The current works are to extend the facility to the remaining hospital buildings (the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Dental Hospital and other support buildings run by the Trust).

Vital Energi, which is carrying out the work, will work closely with the Trust to keep any disruption to a minimum.

This work is part of the Trust’s commitment to sustainability and follows the Trust declaring a climate emergency in October 2019 when the Trust set an ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The scheme will support these targets by reducing emissions, reducing heat losses, and ensuring a resilient and secure energy supply for our hospitals.