The road to Wigan Pier (is closed)

Work continues to knock down the building which was Wigan Pier Nightclub
Work continues to knock down the building which was Wigan Pier Nightclub

A TOWN centre road will be closed this weekend to allow the final section of Wigan Pier nightclub to be demolished.

The closure on Pottery Road and Southgate will be in place from 9pm on Saturday into the early hours of Monday morning.

This will allow Wigan Council’s contractors Inglenorth to demolish the remaining section of the nightclub.

Although the full formal road closure will be in place during this time the contractors will re-open the outer lane of Pottery Road sooner if it is safe to do so.

The work is being done over the coming weekend to reduce disruption and has been held back from before Christmas to reduce any impact on town centre shops, businesses and customers.

A diversion scheme will be in place. Full details can be found on Wigan Council’s weekly roadworks bulletin available via the council website.

As previously announced a 10-year master plan to create a Wigan Pier Quarter has been agreed between the council, the Canal and River Trust and developer H20 Urban.

The plans will transform the land around the historic Leeds and Liverpool Canal basin close to Wigan town centre and include construction of a major performance venue, new canal moorings plus new homes and shops.

The nightclub itself closed several years ago. Once an iconic haunt for lovers of European dance music, its star faded when more people began moving into the area around it - not least the converted Trencherfield Mill - and lodged complaints about late night noise.

Eventually it closed although swift demolition was thwarted by technical difficulties in regard to the adjoining property.