Future of Scunthorpe's Britannia nightclub in doubt after plans revealed to transform historic building

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 27 Nov 2018

The future of Scunthorpe's biggest nightclub is in doubt after proposals were revealed which could see it transformed into an office complex with a shop and a cafe.

Bosses at the Britannia Bar and Nightclub, on the corner of High Street and Frodingham Road, say the venue has fallen victim to “widespread and acknowledged failing trade” in the nightclub scene.

The historic building was first opened in 1907 as a traditional ale house by Melbourne Ales and was converted into an 800-capacity ground floor bar and first floor disco and nightclub by owner Scott Slingsby in 2010.

But it was placed on the market in October last year and now, plans have been tabled that would see the inside of the building, which opens only on Fridays, Saturdays and some bank holidays, remodelled to create multiple uses.

The application says the planned change to the venue, known locally as The Brit, is due to a "change of attitudes towards the use of late night drinking establishments, which are no longer as popular as they were."

The Britannia's application is due to "changing attitudes" towards nightclubs (Image: David Haber / Scunthorpe Live)

It warns that "without investment and alternative uses, the nightclub is at risk of closing and the building becoming derelict."

But it also says: "The proposed change of use would result in the provision of flexible commercial facilities in a highly sought after, central, sustainable location."

The application, made by Keystone Architecture on behalf of Mr Slingsby, shows the remodelled Scunthorpe town centre building would also include a "new mezzanine floor, roof lights and internal partitioning/alterations."

Drawings show the ground floor with areas for an office, shop and cafe. The first floor would have several dedicated office and meeting rooms, with a mezzanine office overlooking it.

The application, which was made by Keystone Architecture on behalf of the owner, says 25 full-time jobs would be created by the new venture, replacing five existing part-time positions.

A proposed layout of the building, which would include offices, a shop and a café (Image: Keystone Architecture)

Eleven new parking spaces have also been proposed for the building, which would see its traditional exterior left unchanged except for a reinstated door on the High Street.

The planning application is now under consideration by North Lincolnshire Council, which will make a decision at a later date on whether the project can proceed.

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