Redevelopment of derelict Grosvenor hotel site moves closer6 May 2020

Plans for a public plaza at Temple Gate have received a huge boost after the forced sale of one of Bristol’s biggest eyesores moved a step closer. Lawyers have told the city council that about 100 investors who each ploughed tens of thousands of pounds into a failed redevelopment of the derelict Grosvenor Hotel are no longer a barrier to the project.

It means the authority can press ahead with a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the site near the Temple Meads.

Bristol City Council has been trying to buy the dilapidated 19th-century hotel at Portwall Lane East from owners Earlcloud Ltd since 2016.

Plans submitted by developers SPD Temple Circus in 2017 show a glass-fronted office block that would be the second Engine Shed in place of the Grosvenor Hotel, which would be demolished.

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