Last look in Blackpool superclub

Inside the former Syndicate superclub showing a view from the baclony and the acoustic ceiling
Inside the former Syndicate superclub showing a view from the baclony and the acoustic ceiling
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This could be your last view of what was once the pride of Blackpool’s night club scene.

The Gazette was allowed in to the derelict Syndicate nightclub building after the council announced it has finally sealed the deal to buy it.

The superclub, one of the biggest in the UK regularly played host to 4,000 clubbers each weekend in its heyday between 2002 and 2011.

Although the disco light rigs and sound system have long been taken away the dance floor and acoustic baffled ceiling can still be seen.

Posters advertising the big weekend nights with celebrity DJs still adorn the walls and there are even some drinks bottles still in the cocktails bar area.

The council said that unless someone came up with a credible business plan it would demolish the building and convert the land in the short term to a car park in a £1.3m project.

However, campaigners have fought to save the building and gathered thousands of names on a petition.

Businessman Stephen Brennan, who has been leading the campaign, said he would be interested in buying the building to run as a mixed-use venue if the council would sell it for the price they paid for it.

He said: “We had 3,500 people sign the petition against closing it but the council would not accept the petition because they said it was not in their format. If they were going to knock it down and build a purpose-built venue then fine, but I fear it will be a car park for at least 10 years and the council will be losing money on lost business rates.

“It has great acoustics and could be used for live concerts and various other things.

“The previous owner, Mike Nordwind, made it very successful and with the right approach there is no reason why it could not be again.

“He put something like 134 tonnes of steel framework in there and it is still in good condition.

“The council asked me to give them a business plan but I can’t do that without getting into the building to assess how much it would cost and they have not given me access.”

However, the council has said that it has been in contact with Mr Brennan for several months about the club. They said no business plan had been put forward by any interested parties and that they had to act soon to 
get a return on the building, having paid out for it.

Coun Graham Cain, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, said: “We still think the best option in the short term is for it to be demolished. It’s a strategic site in the town centre and has a lot of potential for future development.

“When the campaign started to save the building we offered campaigners the chance to come to us with a business plan for an alternative use.

“To date no one has taken up this offer, which is why we are making the necessary arrangements to progress our plans.”

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