Memories of icon to be captured as demolition awaits

The run-down Syndicate nightclub.
The run-down Syndicate nightclub.
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A photographic record will be made of Blackpool’s Syndicate nightclub building when demolition starts in the new year.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee has given the go ahead for the former nightclub and ABC theatre to be bulldozed, with work expected to begin in January.

Councillors also approved the use of the site on Church Street as a car park with 60 spaces on a temporary basis of three years.

Principal planning officer Mark Shaw told the meeting: “We will strip the building down to see what’s there and any features of interest will be photographed and recorded.”

A bid to save the building, which in its heyday played host to entertainment greats including The Beatles and Morecambe and Wise, failed despite a Facebook campaign which attracted around 1,500 supporters.

A report to the committee said there were no objections from the council’s heritage experts to the demolition, but added: “It may be useful to request photographic recording while the cladding is being removed.

“There are few original features internally, but those that do exist from the 1930s remodelling, such as the fire curtain, should be included in the record.”

Heritage chiefs also said the design of any replacement building in the future must reflect the significance of the site.

The council paid £635,000 for the building in April but the total cost is estimated to be £1.5m including the cost of demolition. The Syndicate club closed in August 2011 after trading for nine years.

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