A market area, heritage projects and community hub space are among the ideas for the future regeneration of Westmoreland House.
The derelict eyesore in Stokes Croft is set to be demolished to make way for homes, with business units on the ground floor – and the developers behind the project are seeking views from the community on their vision so far.
PG Group bought the site that has stood empty for more than 30 years with the aim of regenerating the area and restoring the distinct Grade II-listed Carriageworks frontage.
The Bristol-based company has been working with local arts and health consultancy Willis Newson on the creation of a cultural plan and public art strategy and is now inviting people living in the area to give feedback and share ideas before it is finalised.
A drop-in session will be held at The Citadel (Salvation Army), on Ashley Road, from 2pm-6pm on Wednesday, September 12, followed by a presentation and facilitated discussion from 6.30pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome and hot drinks will be served.
The possible arts, heritage, cultural activities and enterprise opportunities focus on the ground floor of the redeveloped Carriageworks and Westmoreland House, and members of the Carriageworks Action Group have been closely involved in forming the plan.
Ideas to date include a community-led process of co-commissioning and leading on a programme of activity, a market area for local artists and traders, heritage projects and a community hub space for cooking and events.
The aim is to help the area to thrive and support social, cultural and economic prosperity.
PG Group says that work has now started on the demolition and the developers expect the project to be completed by summer or autumn 2020.