BRUNEL HOUSE, ST GEORGE’S ROAD, BRISTOL

9 July 2015: The Royal Western Hotel is said to be coming on the market next year. IKB, never one to miss an opportunity, had it built by Richard Shackleton Pope as a stopover departure lounge for passengers for the Atlantic voyage. When the hotel closed in 1855, Bristol having missed the boat, the building was used as a Turkish bath. Its dignified Greek revival façade was handsomely restored (replicated?) by Alec French in 1984. It now houses the planning department. When they move out after completion of the makeover of what ditto was called the Council House, the city council intends to flog it off. http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/sectors/construction-and-commercial- property/09072015154700-former-hotel-built-by-brunel-on-sale-for–6-million-as-bristol-city- council-plans-to-move-out/ Price £6 million, it says, so social housing, premises for social enterprises, or cheap space for community groups all seem unlikely. Proximity to Bristol University suggests more student flats, but not if government policies on student support, immigration and the EU reduce the number of students, or at any rate those who can afford to pay rents. Reversion to original use as hotel?