What next for The Brit? Future of former Scunthorpe nightclub remains unclear three months after closing
The future of the Britannia building in Scunthorpe town centre remains unclear almost three months after the former nightclub closed (Image: David Haber / Scunthorpe Live)
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Mar 2019
The future of the former Britannia Bar and Nightclub in Scunthorpe town centre remains uncertain, almost three months after the last revellers left the dancefloor.
The historic building at Britannia Corner closed its doors on New Year's Eve, having been converted into an 800-capacity venue in 2010, and is on the market for £625,000.
Plans to turn the building into offices, a shop and a cafe were approved in January, although this would be dependent on it being acquired by a new owner who wanted to remodel its layout.
Now, the man tasked with finding a buyer for the building, which dates back to 1907, has admitted its future is far from certain, as it is also available for lease.
But chartered surveyor Duncan Willey, of PPH Commercial, said he felt there could still be good times ahead for the building known to thousands of party-goers as The Brit.
He said: "The Britannia is a highly-prominent landmark at the heart of Scunthorpe and I'm sure many people will have fond memories of spending fun-filled nights there from when it operated as a bar and nightclub.
Inside the former Britannia Bar and Nightclub in Scunthorpe town centre, which is on the market with PPH Commercial for £625,000
"It may have closed its doors for now but I still believe it has a really exciting future ahead. We just need to find a passionate new owner who has vision and ambition for what is a truly lovely building."
The Britannia first opened as a traditional alehouse for Melbourne Ales. It was placed on the market in October 2017 and the nightclub's future was put into further doubt when the plans to change the use of the building were first revealed a year later.
In a 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.
Mr Willey said the Britannia, which can be leased for an annual rent of £45,000, could be suited to various future uses including a restaurant, hair and beauty salon, offices or even another nightclub.
He said: "The ground floor may have an irregular shaped area, which also boasts a conservatory space, but it would lend itself to multiple uses such as a salon, restaurant or modern open-plan office space.
"The first floor is obviously where the former main dance area was situated, but again this open-plan layout will be suitable for a wide variety of uses.
Duncan Willey, chartered surveyor with PPH Commercial, has been tasked with finding a buyer for the Britannia building in Scunthorpe
"It also has a large basement, which currently contains an office and the former cellar area, but this could be totally transformed into a very useable third level with a little bit of creativity and imagination.
"The premises could end up being dramatically changed and it would be the ideal home for a large beauty salon, hair dressers and spa. Or perhaps it would work as an open-plan work space for a creative agency. The options are endless.
"Obviously, it might prove attractive to someone who wants to reopen it as a nightclub or late-night bar again, which would also be possible.
"Whatever the future holds in store, I'm sure the Britannia will once again play an important role at the heart of Scunthorpe's high street."
Vehicle access to the building is possible from Frodingham Road, with an electric sliding gate leading to a secure car park with space for around 12 vehicles.
For more information about the building, call PPH Commercial on 01724 294946 or see www.pph-commercial.co.uk