One of Bristol’s most notorious eyesores could be demolished by the end of this year.
The Carriageworks and Westmoreland House site on Stokes Croft has been unused for more than 25 years, but a new developer has promised that building work will begin in January 2018 with the new development complete by summer 2020.
There is planning permission to build 112 residential units and 1000 sq m of non-residential units on the long derelict site.
Westmoreland House will be demolished, but the facade of the historic Carriageworks will be retained:
Bristol-based PG Group, whose chairman Gregory Grant is a full-time Catholic priest, have exchanged contracts with Comer Homes to purchase the freehold of the Carriageworks and Westmoreland House site.
PG Group development director Stuart Gaiger said: “We want to deliver an enterprising development that respects and reflects the community ethos and, given the independent spirit that flourishes around the area, we look forward to some lively and interesting discussions.”
Carriageworks Action Group chair Lori Streich added: “For over 25 years the communities adjoining Stokes Croft have lived with the neglect and dereliction.
“As a local developer we hope that PG Group will have the skill and commitment to deliver a development of which the community can be proud.”
Representatives from the PG Group will be attending a community meeting at 6pm on Wednesday, June 14 at the Kings Centre on King Square to talk about their new proposals.