After six years by which it’s established itself as London’s most bold and visually spectacular new venue for digital music, post-industrial superclub Printworks – a hulking 6,000-capacity advanced in Canada Water, as soon as residence to the printing presses of the Every day Mail and Night Commonplace – closed its doorways for the ultimate time on Monday evening.
Like numerous inner-city membership closures in current reminiscence, this was a choice prompted by the business calls for of gigantic property builders: over the subsequent 4 years the 53-acre web site by which Printworks sits shall be flattened and rebuilt by builders British Land and AustralianSuper, remodeling it right into a glittering array of upscale outlets, eating places, places of work and luxurious flats.
However not like most different shuttered golf equipment, Printworks is – probably – coming again. Simply earlier than a shock headline set from Bicep at Monday evening’s closing get together, the venue’s operators Broadwick Stay introduced a provisional cope with British Land for a revamped Printworks to reopen on the redeveloped web site in 2026.
Simeon Aldred, co-owner and head of technique at Broadwick Stay, says he’s heard quite a lot of “the basic gentrification narrative the previous few weeks: horrible landlords closing you down, these sorts of destructive vibes. However to be trustworthy, British Land invited us in, [the creation of Printworks] was as a lot their concept as ours. So I need to give them some credit score for that. We are able to’t announce that [the reopening] is unquestionably occurring, we haven’t signed any contracts, however the form of the ideas for a deal are there, and we’re going to be placing in for planning permission within the subsequent few weeks.”
This embody Printworks’ cavernous most important corridor being retained in one thing like its unique kind – Aldred says he has architectural mockups which he might present me, however for his insistence on sharing them with area people teams round Canada Water earlier than making them public.