The ongoing deliberation over the future of Hamilton House has taken another turn, as Bristol council have announced they are deliberating whether to launch a bid to purchase the building in a view to ensure the safety of one of Stokes Croft’s vibrant cultural enterprises.

The building, a former post office turned community arts centre that holds The Canteen amongst hundreds of other businesses and ventures, is owned by Connolly & Callaghan, who deemed its previous organisers, Coexist, as unable to provide a solid business plan for the future safety of the building.

They have their own idea to turn the building into apartment blocks, a notion that has been widely criticised by the public. They believe the worryingly forthcoming gentrification of the Stokes Croft area is killing off one of the city’s historic cultural hubs. A petition demanding the council look into the possibility of purchasing the building holds 6000 signatures.

The council have stated that if the funds are available, they would carefully consider the prospect of purchasing Hamilton House.

To sign the petition attempting to save Hamilton House, view it here.