Ministry of Sound's future under threat from developer

The future of Event's first The Guide Live venue, Ministry of Sound, has been put in doubt after plans for a residential building opposite the legendary nightclub were submitted.

Ministry of Sound under threat from developer
Ministry of Sound under threat from developer

Property developer Oakmayne has applied to build on the site of the old Eileen House, posing a significant threat to the club's entertainment licence.

The venue, which hosts more than 200 events a year, staged Event's The Guide Live forum last June, providing an opportunity for high profile agencies and suppliers to meet and mingle with corporate buyers.

Ministry of Sound group CEO Lohan Presencer said in a statement on the nightclub's website: "When Oakmayne told us that ‘nightclubs come and go', we were horrified. Ministry of Sound is not just any nightclub; it's the most famous nightclub in the world and the heart of a global entertainment business. These developers have cut corners at every stage and counter to their claims, they do not have the best interests of the local community at heart. We must do everything in our power to save our club and our business."

Meanwhile, chairman of the Oakmayne Group Christopher Allen said: "Oakmayne confirm that they have worked extensively with the Ministry of Sound and Southwark officers to ensure that the scheme and the Ministry of Sound can coexist harmoniously.
 
"Oakmayne have also agreed to spend nearly £400,000 to assist in further sound proofing the Ministry of Sound nightclub.
 
"Sadly for Southwark residents the Ministry of Sound will not withdraw their objections so that £20m of scheme benefits are now in jeopardy. This represents £16m of affordable housing and £4.5m of community related benefits."

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