Printworks London might reopen its doorways by 2026, following property builders submitting plans to Southwark Council.
The plans for the house have been filed over to the native council by those that personal the location, and proposed the concept of the 6,000-capacity post-industrial nightclub opening once more in two years.
It comes after the live-music house close to Surrey Quays in London closed completely in Could final yr after Southwark Council permitted plans to show the constructing into an workplace block. It had been open for six years.
In response to the detailed proposal filed in the present day (February 12), British Land and its companion AustralianSuper – one of many UK’s largest pension funds – want to redevelop the location in Rotherhithe right into a “everlasting cultural venue”.
It additionally outlined that each are additionally in talks with Broadwick, the identical digital music and humanities operator that ran Printworks beforehand, to function the brand new venue, and the reimagined house would occupy half of the present constructing. It will embody a brand new rooftop terrace house for performances, rehearsals, product launches or curated talks, in addition to a smaller efficiency house known as The Inkwells.
The remaining half will turn out to be workplaces and outlets, which can create areas for round 1,500 employees.
“What appeals to us about it’s that it’s creating a brand new piece of metropolis and a brand new district for London,” stated Emma Cariaga, who’s co-leading the challenge for British Land (by way of The Guardian). “We intend to create a everlasting cultural venue and put it on the map globally. During the last six years, Printworks has turn out to be an iconic venue for digital music and one of many prime 5 golf equipment on the planet. However our plans search to push that to ship a wider programme.”
Earlier than it turned a stay music venue, the location was as soon as dwelling to the printing presses for UK newspapers The Every day Mail and The Night Commonplace. British Land plans to salvage as a lot of the printing tools used within the constructing as attainable, together with the final press which is round 4 storeys excessive and weighs 150tonnes.
It has additionally been reported by retailers resembling The Standard that the venue attracted greater than 2.5million guests in its six years of being open, and hosted over 300 concert events and 200 movie shoots. Earlier than it closed, it was additionally named the second-best music venue on the planet. It was Manchester’s Warehouse Undertaking that claimed the highest spot.
“Having an enormous, versatile cultural venue within the space is necessary,” stated Paul Clark, AustralianSuper’s head of actual property in Europe concerning the plans for 2026 (by way of The Guardian). “We don’t wish to have a monochrome workplace atmosphere or a dormitory suburb.
Each British Land and AustralianSuper hope to obtain planning permission throughout the subsequent few months.
The information that Printworks could be closing its doorways arrived amid a disaster for UK stay music areas– with the MVT reporting that 2023 was the “worst yr for venue closures”.
It was additionally revealed that the UK was set to lose 10 per cent of its grassroots music venues in 2023, and an MVT report from January final yr warned that grassroots gig areas within the UK have been “going over a cliff” – shutting off the pipeline of future expertise with out pressing authorities motion and funding from new giant arenas.