Printworks London is set to shut after Southwark Council approved plans to partially bulldoze and refurbish the venue in Canada Water at a planning meeting that took place on the 11th of July.
Ranked 7th best nightclub in the world by DJ Mag in 2021, Printworks will make way for retail, offices and co-working spaces over 45,000 square metres of land. Up to 3,000 new jobs will be created, despite an excess of 10,000 people calling for it to be saved via a petition on Change.org.
The petition reads ‘to lose this beloved venue would be heart-breaking. Reports have revealed that London has lost almost a quarter of its nightclubs since the pandemic started. There are 198 venues operating as nightclubs in the capital, the fewest since the mid 90s, according to the NTIA (Night Time Industries Association).’ There are growing fears that London may lose its reputation as one of the world’s premier clubbing capitals.
The 6,000 capacity venue, that had it’s licence extended for another 5 years in 2021, will also make way for restaurants, shops and a new public park. Additional bus infrastructure for the area will also be implemented.
Although this plan had been approved unanimously by Southwark councillors, British Land (real estate investment company who are working on the refurbishment of Printworks) are in talks with Broadwick Live, Printwork’s operators to try and create a new cultural venue. Seeing as Printworks is set to be no more, if a new venue can take its place it will at least lessen the blow of such a significant space being shut down for good.