Odeon and Evoque fire update given by Preston City Council

Posted on - 21st June, 2022 - 12:55pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
Smoke billowing out from former nightclub fire Pic: Daniella Areas Mendes-da-Cruz
Smoke billowing out from the former nightclub during the height of the fire on Thursday Pic: Daniella Areas Mendes-da-Cruz

After the fire last month at the former Evoque nightclub and Odeon cinema on Church Street, the site is still being cleared of the emergency demolition works.

Barriers are still in place while the work is completed.

The planning department for Preston City Council, received a valid planning application for the ‘Demolition of the existing buildings and restoration of the site’ on Tuesday 14 June 2022.

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A decision on the application which has only just been received is expected for Monday 7th August.

The application is going through the standard planning process.

Demolition crew moving in after fire at former nightclub Pic: Shane King
Demolition crew moving in after fire at former nightclub Pic: Shane King

Ally Brown, Director of Communities and Environment, said: “Emergency demolition work to this site was required immediately after the fire was extinguished.

“The elements of structure deemed immediately dangerous have now been taken down and contractors on behalf of the building owners are now in the process of removing the waste from the site and the current site compound will remain in place until this is complete.

“Our officers will assess all the information provided and should more information be required in order for our Planning decision to be made, this will be requested as necessary from the relevant agents.

“In the interests of safety, we will look closely at all information we receive.”

Since the recent city centre incidents, Preston City Council has worked closely with partner agencies to monitor safety around other unused and at-risk buildings across the city centre and surrounding areas.

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