Scunthorpe's biggest nightclub 'closes' as plans for office complex given go-ahead

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 3 Jan 2019

Scunthorpe town centre's biggest nightclub is believed to have closed its doors for the final time after plans to transform it into an office complex with a shop and a cafe were given the go ahead.

The Britannia Bar and Nightclub, on the corner of Frodingham Road and High Street, has removed its Facebook page and Scunthorpe Live understands employees were told that New Years Eve would be the club's last night.

The building was placed on the market in October 2017 and the nightclub's future was placed into further doubt when the plans to change the use of the building were first revealed in October 2018.

The venue, known locally as The Brit, had promoted its New Year's Eve night through social media as "the final countdown", with revellers promised free entry.

And the event came after planners at North Lincolnshire Council granted full planning permission for the internal transformation of the building, which is to also include a "new mezzanine floor, roof lights and internal partitioning/alterations."

Plans to convert the Britannia bar and Nightclub in Scunthorpe town centre into offices, a shop and a cafe have been given the go-ahead (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)

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 in the November planning application to North Lincolnshire Council, bosses said the venue, which opened on Fridays, Saturdays and some bank holidays, had fallen victim to "widespread and acknowledged failing trade" in the nightclub scene.

The application also said the planned changes to the building had come due to a "change of attitudes towards the use of late night drinking establishments, which are no longer as popular as they were."

And it warned that "without investment and alternative uses, the nightclub is at risk of closing and the building becoming derelict."

But it also said the proposed changes would allow the building to continue being used, with 25 full-time jobs and 11 new parking spaces planned and the traditional exterior unchanged except for a reinstated door to High Street.

Drawings submitted with the application, made by Keystone Architecture on behalf of Mr Slingsby, showed the ground floor of the remodelled Scunthorpe town centre building with areas for an office, shop and cafe. The first floor is to have several dedicated office and meeting rooms, with a mezzanine office overlooking it.

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

Mr Slingsby did not wish to comment on the nightclub's closure.

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