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Bristol Charities is currently in the process of purchasing the Vassall Centre, Fishponds.
Our ambition for the Vassall Centre is to build a new, contemporary almshouse on one end of the site. Built to high accessibility standards, it will include a range of fully wheelchair accessible flats and will offer affordable, high quality homes for older people.

Bristol Charities will also retain accessible, affordable rented office space at the Vassall Centre. All current tenancies will be protected and we will be contacting tenants individually to understand their requirements.

Ideas for the site and new housing facility are at a very early stage and we will engage fully with all tenants and the local community to help inform our plans. In time and under a phased refurbishment programme, office accommodation will be modernised to improve the quality of space for all tenants.
We are currently discussing the handover of the conferences business to a partner organisation in order to maintain existing bookings. A wider review of the facility will be carried out as Covid restrictions and conditions ease.

We also hope to explore options for opening up the Vassall Centre site and facilities for the wider use and benefit of the local community.

Bristol Charities’ purchase of the Vassall Centre site has been approved by the Charity Commission.

For further information, please email info@bristolcharities.org.uk

FAQ'S

FAQ1. What is Bristol Charities?

A. Bristol Charities is a registered UK charity and our mission is to provide opportunities and support for people and communities to improve lives through grants, housing and charitable projects.
The charity has transformed and enhanced the lives of those in need in Bristol for over six hundred years.

FAQ2. What does Bristol Charities plan to do with Vassall Centre?

A. The charity’s broad ambition for the Vassall Centre is to build a new, contemporary almshouse on one end of the site, to create affordable, high quality homes for older people, along with accessible, affordable office space which will provide an income stream that will help Bristol Charities to support more people.

FAQ3. Where will the new almshouse / housing building be built?

A. Ideas for the site and new housing facility are at a very early stage but Bristol Charities will be looking primarily at the current empty space on the site and a proportion of the large, private car park. If any elements of the current building are potentially included, alternative accommodation will be available for current tenants.

FAQ4. Who will the new homes be for?

A. Bristol Charities supports a wide range of people and communities in Bristol and South Wales. The new housing facility would be for older people from the local community and wider Bristol who are in need of housing. The vast majority of people Bristol Charities supports are on lowest incomes or housing benefit.

FAQ5. What will happen to charities and organisations who are currently based at the Vassall Centre?

A. All current tenancies will be maintained and Bristol Charities will be contacting tenants individually to ensure they know who to contact with any questions. Ideas for the site and new housing facility are at a very early stage and Bristol Charities intends to engage fully with tenants and the local community in order to help inform plans. In time and under a phased refurbishment programme, office accommodation will be modernised in order to improve the quality of space for all tenants.

FAQ6. What are the timescales for your plans?

A. Ideas for the site and new housing facility are at a very early stage. We hope to start engaging and consulting with tenants and the local community later this year with a view to informing and developing a planning application for approval in due course.

FAQ7. What will happen to the on-site parking?

A. There is currently a large and unrestricted parking area in front of the Vassall Centre. The majority of leases do not include any details about parking provision and allocation. Therefore we will be carrying out a full review of parking provision and will liaise with all tenants and regular centre users. We do not anticipate any changes to the current parking arrangements in the short term.

FAQ8. The Vassall Centre is an election polling station. With a local and mayoral election due on 8 May this year, will it still be a polling station?

A. The Vassall Centre is a registered polling station for the upcoming local and mayoral election on 6th May this year.

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