Printworks officially closing to undergo office transformation

Articles, News // Tue 12 Jul 2022 - 11:10am

In another devastating blow to dance culture, Southwark Council has officially confirmed its plans to close and convert the London nightclub Printworks into offices. The architecture firm Hawkins\Brown has been spearheading the project since its initial proposal last year.

The life of the Southwark rave venue, which hosts 5,000-person capacity events, has been cut devastatingly short. The original planning permission application for a full office renovation was made back in November of 2021, with many opposing the renovation and calling for the venue to remain.

The plans for transforming the former printing press building consist of a £4 billion 53-acre regeneration project in partnership with British Land and Southwark Council, with the aim of improving the community area for local residents.

Within the proposal are details of a “retail section and improved landscaping, the central void becoming an atrium and celebrating the industrial presence of the building and venue, all whilst modernising it at the same time”.

Printworks first opened in 2017 as a nightclub and venue for live music events after being purchased by British Land in 2012, who then granted permission for event management organisation Broadwick Live to use and operate Printworks for what it is known for today.

Since then, it has grown to become one of the biggest and best venues in the UK, with award-winning show production. One of the awards was DJ Mag’s top 100 clubs worldwide list, where Printworks was impressively ranked at number seven.

Despite substantial push-back from the dance community and over 10,000 petition signatures condemning the plans for renovation, the plans remain set in motion. The initial demolition will begin in Autumn 2022, and the development should be complete by Spring 2025.

Printworks joins the ever-expanding list of venues forced to close in recent years, the loss of these venues further exemplifies the government’s failure to preserve culture across the country.

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