A Blackpool landmark has finally been consigned to the past after more than a year of demolition work.
After months of slow progress to dismantle the former Syndicate nightclub on Church Street, the building has now been razed to the ground.
Just a pile of bricks remains of what was once one of the resort’s leading entertainment complexes which in its heyday played host to legends including The Beatles and Morecambe and Wise.
Work began in February 2014 to strip out the internal fittings of the building, before demolition began.
The next stage will be to clear the site, which has planning permission for use as a car park with 59 spaces for up to five years.
But in the long term the land is expected to be redeveloped –with calls for a hotel to be built there which could link in with conference facilities at the nearby Winter Gardens.
Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member responsible for municipal assets, said: “The vast majority of the external demolition has now been completed and work to clear the land will now be taking place.
“As we have said in the past, the plan is for the site to be a car park in the short term, while discussions take place about a number of options for its future which will have a positive, regenerative effect on that area of town.”
The building, which was formerly the ABC cinema, was bought by the council in April 2013 for £635,000 although the full cost of the project including demolition is around £1.1m.
Council chiefs borrowed the money over 50 years at a repayment rate of £93,000 a year due to be paid out of the car park revenue.
Around £200,000 was saved from the cost of demolition because the contractor recycled many of the materials removed from the building – but that slowed the process down. Delays were also incurred due to Electricity North West having to remove a sub-station, and a telecoms mast also had to be relocated.