Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Theendisnighfor a Historic Club

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Theendisnighfor a Historic Club

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Byline: Kate Proctor Reporter

DECADES of romancing, dancing and even an appearance in hit flick Get Carter couldn't secure the future of a famed city nightclub.

The Liquid Envy club on New Bridge Street in Newcastle, previously the Oxford Galleries ballroom, has been recommended by planning officers to be flattened and converted into student flats.

The green-light from the authority's planning experts has enraged protestors who wanted to preserve the night spot.

City centre residents and businesses are also concerned over noise levels coming from a sudden influx of students and the loss of a valuable part of the city's heritage.

Developers from London based company Magnetic Limited propose building three blocks of flats to accommodate 305 students in the space currently occupied by the nightclub.

The stone Oxford Galleries portico will stay while the Grade II listed John Dobson's House, built by the architect in 1825, will be redeveloped as a stand alone villa with plans for use as a restaurant and cafe bar.

A statement from the officer overseeing the application said the planning committee is recommending to grant planning permission and the council's planning committee will meet to make its final decision this Friday.

Their report also noted that while the site has local value in terms of it being used as a drinking and dancing spot, in planning terms its demolition was considered 'acceptable.'.

The Oxford dance hall and billiard saloon was built in 1921 and by the 1950s was one of the most popular ballrooms in the country.

By 1983 it was listed as Tiffany's nightclub before changing to Studio 49 in 1988, Ikon and Envy in 1994, Ikon and Diva in 2002, Ikon and Envy in 2006 until its current guise as Liquid Envy - a popular students club.

It was the setting of a dramatic fight scene in the 1971 film Get Carter where Michael Caine dodged his way past dozens of dancers.

Tower blocks with seven, nine and 11-storeys containing 50 apartments in total will instead sit in its place if the city council's planning officers vote for plans to go ahead. …

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