Man lives alone in run-down hotel that was the finest in the country

Pictures of Tom in the run down hotel
Tom could not find a place to keep just after leaving rehab (Photo: SWNS)

Meet up with Tom, who lives in a operate-down grand lodge that used to be one of the most remarkable in the nation. 

Even better, he resides there all on his individual. 

The 30-12 months-old moved into the Grosvenor Lodge when he decided to try out pushing at a vital card door and it opened.

The hotel is 150 yrs previous and has not been used for virtually two many years. Within is a reflection of this neglect with rotting home furnishings filling the rooms and graffiti covering the walls. 

Tom now life in the developing, which was designed in 1875, and has began making some residence enhancements. 

Just about every evening he climbs the grand staircase to use just one of the many rooms – all of which he has started off tidying up and making habitable.

From the lodge he has extraordinary sights across Bristol. Even so, there are some issues – which include non-existent ceilings and dodgy floors. 

Tom pictured in one particular of the rooms (Photo: SWNS)

To make it much more homely, Tom has established a living area with a sofa, a table and a handful of chairs and has cleared some of the junk off the flooring. 

Meanwhile, he is also portray some walls. 

‘You can convey to this put employed to be the authentic crème de la crème,’ Tom notes. 

The exterior of the lodge (Photograph: SWNS)

‘Some of the wood, the dark mahogany wooden, the wallpaper, the ornateness all-around the high ceilings, the in-depth do the job.

‘There is so a lot heritage below. The persons who have come by means of this put are wonderful.

The walls are coated in graffiti (Picture: SWNS)

‘This is a fantastic setting up, there’s loads to it that I truly enjoy. And to have a safe room within.’

Tom believes the hotel could be employed to household Ukrainians fleeing the war, stating ‘maybe this resort could be an respond to to some limited-time period problems’.

Tom grew up in Hertfordshire and has lived in Bristol for 6 weeks. Unfortunately, he struggled to come across any formal help right after leaving rehab.

‘I experienced discovered a key card down an alleyway and it just happened that when I utilised it on the swipe, the doorway was currently open,’ he explains. 

The stairwell is in disrepair (Photograph: SWNS)

‘I imagined it was to do with the critical card but it truly was not. I’m little by little, little by little tidying up every home a person at a time.’

The building is at present section of a preparing row and Tom could be the past ever resident of the Grosvenor Resort.

The prolonged functioning saga of the ‘eyesore’ in the vicinity of Temple Meads rail station reached its newest chapter this week.

Tom claims the resort is now his dwelling (Photograph: SWNS)

A report updating Bristol Town Council plans to use a Compulsory Purchase Buy (CPO) to receive the previous hotel in order to redevelop the land on which it is found.

A ‘decision pathway’ submitted to cupboard involves plans for a Joint Development & Land Settlement (JDLA) for the enhancement of the Temple Square website (which includes one more former lodge, the George & Railway) and the invest in of Station Tactic, as well as the proposed acquisition of land at Temple Sq. which include the previous Grosvenor Lodge.

An old business office area in the hotel (Image: SWNS)

The proposed CPO of the Grosvenor is portion of a scheme envisioned to price tag amongst £16.67m and £19.67m promised to supply ‘significant metropolis benefits… as an outcome of the very long time period financial progress pushed by the George and Railway venture along with the broader regeneration accomplished via a joint progress and land agreement’.

A selection on the potential of the land and the structures which sit on it will be taken by Bristol’s cabinet.

Tom has been striving to make the lodge extra habitable (Image: SWNS)

Bristol Metropolis Council senior progress surveyor, Jan Reichel, claimed in her report: ‘The improvement will have the opportunity to achieve significant sustainability outcomes, based mostly on style proposals and the great accessibility of the developments at the heart of the Temple Quarter and near to Temple Meads Station.’

Even so, Tom urges many others to recognize that the Grosvenor Resort is not just a identify on a report, it is now his house. 

‘I normally believe about the transition between the folks on the exterior of the creating going about their day to working day, seeking to race for a thing,’ he suggests. 

‘I’m sat listed here with infinite time, seeking to gather myself in my very own bits of meditation, but at the similar time experience like I can keep myself active as there’s a good deal to do.’

The council want to purchase land at Temple Sq. together with the previous Grosvenor Resort ‘to guidance the broader redevelopment and regeneration of the Temple Quarter region.’

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