The Liquid Envy nightclub, formerly the Oxford Galleries Ballroom on New Bridge Street in Newcastle upon Tyne has been recommended as a site for a new student development.
The historical nightspot that has been home to a vibrant party scene since it was built in 1921. It was first a ballroom and then enjoyed several reincarnations as a night club. Planning officers from Newcastle City Council have recommended that the main building be flattened to make way for a new development. The stone Oxford Galleries portico will stay and the Grade II listed John Dobson’s house will be restored and used as a bar or restaurant space.
Protestors are angry that another part of Newcastle’s heritage is to be bulldozed, and while the planning department noted that while the site has local value as a drinking and dancing spot, the site was perfect for demolition.
The building became famous after a dramatic scene in the 1971 film Get Carter was filmed on its dance floor. The council received 30 letters of injection including those from nearby businesses and a hotel concerned that the change of use for the site would bring more noise and disturbance in the day, as well as bringing traffic to the street which has no space for parking.
Visitors to the Chronicle’s discussion on the proposed plans were vocal in their disappointment:
Louise Karmazyn wrote: “This is The Oxford an iconic landmark in Newcastle. How many more flats do we need for students? There are plenty of empty flats in Wallsend and Heaton without building more in the town centre!”
David Garside added: “Why do they keep knocking old buildings down…there’ll be nothing of old Newcastle left at this rate.”