Could Ashton Court become a nightclub or hotel?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 June 2019

Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol, © AngusKirk, Flickr

Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol, © AngusKirk, Flickr

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A report on Ashton Court Mansion’s long-term plan has been published, which could see it transformed into a nightclub, hotel or museum among other listed options.

It comes after Bristol City Council (BCC) and Historic England commissioned the Purcell report in May, which lists the building's repair work at a cost of between £15-20million.

Long Ashton's grade-I listed mansion was reopened by charity trust Artspace Lifespace last May after it was closed by Bristol City Council in 2017.

Artspace will continue to manage Ashton Court for another four years and Bristol Civic Society, which is working with the council on its long-term plan, believes running the building as a trust is the best way forward in the future.

A civic society spokesman Simon Birch said: "Bristol's council have owned Ashton Court for 60 years, and we think now is the time to make a decision about its future.

"In November 2017, we had a meeting at the court where 120 people attended, and it has taken 18 months since then for a sustainability report to be published on the building's future.

"We're now looking to put on a similar kind of meeting as we had to the one in 2017 in September.

"We believe the best way forward for Ashton Court is to make it a trust.

"We haven't got a business plan, and the majority of the work could be completed in the next 20-30 years - but I understand the prospect of spending £15-20million on repairs looks costly."

Other options in the report include running Ashton Court as a leaning centre, retirement home and supermarket.

The group says it would like to see the court's ground floor used for weddings and the upstairs used for offices, including a residential area.

Simon said: "I would like to see people living in the house as it would give it a bit of life.

"A lot of people are interested in the civic society's scheme, and I think people find the concept of the future of Ashton Court hard to ignore.

"The group certainly has enough people to back the project up and we need to get people visiting the court in their droves again."

For more information on the report, click here.

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