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Demolition of former nightclub sets town centre regeneration in motion

Written by on 31 January 2021

Demolition has started at Zanzibar in Newcastle-under-Lyme as Aspire Housing prepares the site for a major town centre regeneration investment.

Bulldozers started work on the derelict former nightclub in Brunswick Street this week, with the demolition expected to take ten weeks to complete.

Dan Gray, Executive Director of Property at Aspire Housing, commented: “We’re very excited to give a new lease of life to the Zanzibar site.

“We’re currently considering different options, but our preference is for a mix of community living homes that would be specially designed for over-55s, alongside potential commercial uses to make the most of this prime town centre gateway location.

“We know that many local people, including a number of our colleagues at Aspire, have fond memories of the nightlife at Zanzibar and will be sad to see it go. While it’s unfortunate that this site has remained vacant for so long, we’re looking forward to the exciting potential that this development has to regenerate this important entrance point into the Borough.

“All local residents and businesses are being kept up to date with the demolition progress, and noise and vibration levels are being carefully monitored.”

The demolition is being funded as part of the Newcastle Town Deal secured by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and the site will be redeveloped by Aspire Housing.

The site has previously been a snooker hall and a dance hall, before eventually becoming well known locally as the nightclub Zanzibar, until its closure in 2004. It has remained vacant in the 17 years since it last closed.

The purchase of the site is the latest of Aspire Housing’s investments in regeneration in Newcastle-under-Lyme, which include the upcoming £14m Holborn Place development of an older persons community living hub in the town centre.