Tenants wanted for Totterdown’s ‘iconic corner’
The owner of an historic Totterdown building, formerly home to Thali Café, is calling on local people and businesses to offer suggestions on how the building can best meet the needs of the local community.
Peter Croft acquired 1 William Street in 2015 after it came under threat from developers and was almost converted in residential flats.
Mr Croft has since invested time and energy into bringing the building back to life, by restoring its Bath stone exterior to look like it did when originally built as the King William pub in the 1860s.
There are big plans afoot for the building, which has been vacant since the Thali Café moved from Totterdown in April, including installing solar electric panels on the roof and renewable technology to heat the building’s hot water.
Now its owner, alongside property agents Maggs and Allen, are looking for the next business to breath life back into the “iconic corner” of Totterdown.
The rental cost per annum is £22k.
The building has had many uses since it was built – it has been a radio station, upholsters, a business making clogs for operating theatres, and before Thali, it was home to the famous Glasnost bistro.
Mr Croft said: “These original Victorian buildings, which were once public houses or shops, still have a relevant role to play in our communities.
“Social media platforms have become the social norm, however people still have that intrinsic human drive to meet others face to face to socialise, just like our Victorian ancestors.
“Losing them now could be even more detrimental to our communities than we will ever imagine in years to come.
“We want this building to continue its long history of serving the community and are open to suggestions as to what would best meet the needs of the local community and willing to work with anyone who shares our vision.”
If you are a business or organisation interested in leasing the building, telephone 0117 973 4940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.