Southwark council is considering plans to develop former London nightclub venue Printworks into a “cultural venue”. Property developers British Land and AustralianSuper are proposing to turn the 6,000-capacity club into office space, an exhibition area, and a live music venue. The development will retain the original aesthetic of the venue, which has become internationally recognised, whilst adding a brand-new rooftop area for curated talks, rehearsals, and product launches.
The plans would retain half of the site as a music venue, operated in partnership with former Printworks proprietors Broadwick Live, whilst the other half would be converted into office and retail space. The famous Press Halls and Inkwells areas would also remain, hosting live music events, immersive art exhibitions, and intimate music shows. Proposals put forward for the site have been praised as a “cultural centrepiece” by AustralianSuper’s head of Real Assets for Europe, Paul Clark.
If approved by Southwark council, the plans for Printworks London could lead to a significant placemaking project and extensive “cultural investment of global significance”. The new venture would offer long-term benefits for AustralianSuper’s members whilst enhancing the cultural offering in Canada Water for local and international audiences. The project has been highlighted for its “joint commitment to the advancement of culture in the capital”.
Broadwick Live’s co-owner and director of strategy, Simeon Aldred, praised the overhaul as a “groundbreaking project of profound cultural implications”, adding he was “delighted” to continue his “exclusive partnership” with British Land and AustralianSuper. The proposed development would repurpose and preserve the “cherished” Press Halls areas, which had become an iconic feature of the former nightclub
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