Owners seek to sell The Syndicate

The Syndicate nightclub is set auctioned and (below) clubbers fill the dancefloor.
The Syndicate nightclub is set auctioned and (below) clubbers fill the dancefloor.
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A FORMER Blackpool superclub is up for sale by auction.

The Syndicate in Church Street is back on the market and a date for the auction has been set for December 4.

Clubbers fill the Syndicate dancefloor.

Clubbers fill the Syndicate dancefloor.

The club, one of the biggest in the UK with a capacity of more than 4,000, closed down in August 2011 after nine years at the centre of Blackpool’s nightlife scene.

The then owners said the closure was due to a “very difficult, unforeseen, unmanageable external factors” and not falling visitor numbers.

The move came the week after the club was given national exposure when its resident Saturday night DJ Danny Howard won BBC Radio One’s superstar DJ competition.

Today Colin White, for agents Edward Symmons who are dealing with the club together with Allsops, said although it was due to be auctioned they have had interest already and it may not get to that stage.

He said: “We originally marketed it with a view to getting a tenant, but now the freehold is for sale.”

He said the building could still be used as a club but any new owner could consider other uses for it subject to planning permission.

He added: “It is a large building with great potential and could be used for a variety of purposes.

“It could be that any new owner would want to use the whole building for a single use or perhaps develop part of it as a club and other parts, for example, as a restaurant or soft play area.”

The building is said to be in reasonable condition considering it has been closed for over a year, but the club’s sound and lighting equipment is no longer there.

Earlier this year the building had been remarketed with a leasehold guide price of rent in excess of £100,000 per year.

It is thought anyone taking on the premises would have to re-apply for licences to operate as a club.

The Syndicate, in its nine years at the top, was known for attracting big name stars, Radio 1 DJs and X Factor finalists.

Prior to that it was the town’s former ABC theatre from 1963 and saw stars such as Cliff Richard and the Beatles perform there. In August 1965 the Fab Four played at the Blackpool Night Out on ABC Weekend Television.

It was said to be the first time they had played the song “Yesterday” on British television.

It became the ABC cinema from 1981 until it closed in 2000 and it was bought by Mike and Sandra Nordwind and converted into The Syndicate nightclub the following year in December.

In May 2006 it was bought by national operator Nexum Leisure.

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