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10 year plan for Wigan Pier site

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Wigan council have announced a 10 year plan for the old Wigan Pier site. The former nightclub is now being knocked down to make way for a performance venue, housing and leisure developments and a community garden.

There are also plans to bring the building that formerly housed the tourist attraction "The Way We Were" back into use.

"The regeneration of the Wigan Pier area is an important priority for the council and the local community and we have been working hard behind the scenes to make things happen.

"We have been in discussion with developers and landowners about a number of key sites and where possible, such as at Trencherfield Mill and with the former nightclub, we are taking action ourselves to bring about improvements and tackle some of the worst problems.

– Councillor David Molyneux

Inside Wigan Pier nightclub before demolition

Pictures showing the inside of Wigan Pier nightclub have been released, showing the famous venue just days before its planned demolition.

Inside the Wigan Pier Nightclub Credit: Wigan Council

Originally a Victorian storehouse, the building was remodelled forty years ago and turned into a nightclub. It became a key part of the North West’s music scene and was famous for rave and house music.

During its peak in the mid-1990s, it was regularly pulling in 800 customers every Friday and Saturday night. But the building has stood empty for more than 12 months.

Inside the Wigan Pier Nightclub Credit: Wigan Council
Inside the Wigan Pier Nightclub Credit: Wigan Council
Inside the Wigan Pier Nightclub Credit: Wigan Council


Wigan Pier Nightclub demolished

The former Wigan Pier nightclub building is to be demolished to make way for a major redevelopment of the surrounding area. The site is seen by many as one of Wigan's biggest eyesores and has stood empty for more than 12 months. Wigan Council bought the building in March 2013.

Demolition work will start on Monday 6 January. Plans to transform the area around Wigan Pier are currently being considered by the council.

The nightclub site will initially be restored as a community garden but wider proposals include landscaping the land around the pier and making use of the canal basin as a marina for overnight mooring. Plans will be finalised in the coming months.

This is one of the biggest eyesores in our town and sadly it is in one of the most high-profile places. The building is about 40 years old and I'm sure there are a lot of people who have happy and slightly hazy memories of good times at the old club. But the building is now in a rotten state. We are currently underusing and underselling the whole Wigan Pier area and want to completely transform it and restore its status as one of the most prominent places in the region. That can only really be done if we get rid of this building. I'm pleased work to achieve this will begin soon.

– Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council