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Hamilton House: uncertain future for the projects using one of Bristol's best known buildings

The future of community projects and businesses at one of Bristol's biggest centres is in question over fears for the future of the building.

Hamilton House in Stokes Croft is home to 200 organisations, projects and artists - it sees a turnover of more than £20 million a year.

But the possibility of redevelopment is raising questions for those businesses.

200 organisations, projects and artists are based at Hamilton House. Credit: ITV News

Hamilton House has built a reputation for supporting start-up businesses and community groups.

500 people work there, with a long waiting list of entrepreneurs hoping to take advantage of the low rents unavailable elsewhere.

But some have told ITV News that their enterprises could fold if the building's owners convert the site to residential use.

The Bristol Bike Project repair and re-home unwanted bicycles. Credit: ITV News

The Bristol Bike Project repair and re-home unwanted bicycles. They've been based at Hamilton House for nine years, and were one of its first tenants.

It's been an amazing home for The Bristol Bike Project - obviously with the proposed redevelopment it leaves us in a state of uncertainty about the future.

It's unsettling for all of us.

– James Lucas, Bristol Bike Project

The building's owners C&C have served notice that they could demand vacant possession of part of the building anytime from the middle of next month.

Management company, Coexist have had a £5.5 million bid to buy the building rejected.

Coexist have done an incredible job of putting together a coherent vision for the community. We haven't seen anything from C&C yet.

We need to get some clarity on what their ideas might mean for everybody.

– Danny Balla, Director of Coexist
A meeting with tenants. Credit: ITV News

Tenants packed a meeting this afternoon seeking clarity and security - something the owners say they're keen to give.

This isn't yuppy flats. We would hold on to them and we would lease them to primarily people who are resident here in Hamilton House.

– Andrew Baker, Connolly & Callaghan