Iconic site stripped bare

The Syndicate
The Syndicate
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Work has begun in preparation for the demolition of a Blackpool nightspot.

Blackpool Council staff have started stripping out the former Syndicate venue on Church Street in readiness for the building eventually being bulldozed.

But full demolition is still expected to be some months away.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for leisure and tourism on Blackpool Council, said: “For the last month, work has been under way to clear fixtures and fittings from within the old Syndicate building.

“We expect it to be a number of months until the actual demolition commences.”

The club is due to be flattened to make way for a car park.

Planning permission is in place to use it as a car park with 65 spaces for up to five years.

However in the long term, it is hoped the site will be redeveloped with possibilities including a hotel which could complement the Winter Gardens as an events and conference destination.

Blackpool Council agreed to pay £635,000 for The Syndicate in December 2012 but the total cost of the scheme is estimated at £1.3m, including the cost of demolition.

In its heyday the complex, formerly the ABC cinema, played host to entertainment greats including The Beatles, and Morecambe and Wise before being transformed into a cinema and then into Britain’s biggest nightclub.

The Syndicate closed in August 2011 after nine years at the centre of the town’s clubbing scene hosting up to 4,000 clubbers on peak weekend nights.

A Facebook campaign to save the venue attracted around 1,500 supporters.

Council chiefs agreed to listen to alternative proposals but firm plans, backed by investment, failed to emerge.