Empty space where nightclub once stood

Weed growing on the site of the demolished Pier nightclub
Weed growing on the site of the demolished Pier nightclub

WEEDS, a few rocks and scaffolding is all that remains in the place where one of the town’s greatest nightclubs once stood.

Demolition of the Wigan Pier nightspot was carried out earlier this year, over 12 months after it was due to take place.

The bulldozers completed their job several weeks ago and now the site is bare and waiting to be built upon.

In its heyday, Wigan Pier Nightspot attracted thousands from in and out of town with its famous dance music, which is known internationally.

But after encountering a number of problems, including complaints from residents in both Swan Meadow Road and occupants of new flats at Trencherfield Mill, the club shut its doors for the final time three years ago.

The site was bought by Wigan Council and earlier this year, it announced proposals for a 10-year master plan to redesign and redevelop the area.

The plans will transform the land around the Leeds and Liverpool Canal basin and include construction of a major performance venue, new canal moorings plus new homes and shops. It will be overseen by H20 Urban, who specialise in regenerating canal side locations. They’ve previously worked on successful schemes across the UK including in Northwich, Lancaster and London.

Earlier this year, deputy Council Leader David Molyneux said: “Instead of looking back we are very much looking to the future and aiming to build a new Wigan Pier Quarter which is an asset for the town and relevant to a new generation.

“The partnership agreement we’ve secured with the Canal and River Trust and H20 Urban will attract investment and development and will ensure Wigan Pier has a bright future.”