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London club Printworks “in detailed talks about our return to our much-loved venue”

By | Published on Wednesday 28 September 2022


It seems that London nightclub Printworks is set to survive, despite Southwark Council recently approving plans to turn the building it occupies into offices. Although the venue is still set to close at the end of the year, its operators say that they are now “in detailed talks” to reopen the space once redevelopment of the site is completed.

The decision to approve planning permission for the redevelopment of the Printworks site came after more than 700 objections and an 11,000 strong petition. In its report, Southwark Council noted these objections and that the club had been “very successful”, but pointed out that, when the club had opened in 2017, the plan was always for it to be there temporarily while a strategy was developed and agreed for the permanent future use of the site.

The council and developer British Land did say – as the planning permission was granted – that they intended to have some sort of cultural space on the site alongside the offices and shops that will be built, adding that they would be working with the operators of Printworks – Broadwick Live – on making that happen.

Now, however, the Printworks team have indicated that the 6000 capacity club will return in its current space in “a number of years”, after the redevelopment work is completed.

“We’re pleased to confirm that in partnership with British Land we’re in detailed talks about our return to our much-loved venue”, reads a statement posted on Printworks’ social media yesterday. “While there is still a detailed planning process that needs to take place before we can 100% confirm the future of Printworks, we’re positive about our future”.

“At this point, we can confirm that the venue will close in the New Year for a number of years during a period of modernisation as planned”, it continues. “As a team we’re committed to preserving the essence of the iconic Press Halls and retaining the spirit that we’ve all come to love, so we are working hard in partnership with British Land on designs that only seek to elevate the space”.

“In the meantime, we’re going to see out this chapter of Printworks in its current guise, in the best way possible as a salute to the legacy of the past five years”, it concludes. “Thank you for your unwavering support. The backing of our community has been vital in getting us to this point and is crucial to the future of Printworks London”.

London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé – who was already pushing for a significant venue to remain on the site – said in a subsequent statement: “I’m delighted that Broadwick Live and British Land are working together to develop the next chapter for Printworks. This fantastic temporary venue has become a major destination that attracts some of the biggest names in electronic music and visitors from all over the world. I will keep working with them and offer all the support we can to secure an exciting future for the venue”.

Next up at the current iteration of Printworks is a night headlined by techno DJ Charlotte De Witte this Friday.