Property developers have published plans to bulldoze the Clerkenwell building that used to house Turnmills, 18 months after the legendary London club vacated the basement and ground floor of the four story premises.
Former Turnmills boss Danny Newman, who took over running the club from his father in 2003 until it closed in 2007, told Skrufff he feels no particular attachment to the venue, adding ‘as I understand it the building itself has been gutted and is just a shell’.
“To be honest I’m not that fussed if they knock it down, it’s just a building and what made Turnmills special was the people there, the clubbers and the people involved in the club,” Danny explained.
“If they demolish it then it also means the space will always be remembered as Turnmills, so I’m happy no other club has moved in and taken over the space, potentially damaging the reputation we built up.”
“Having said that the building and the whole area is steeped in history, Fagin’s Den (from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist) was just around the corner,” he pointed out, “I’m sure the residents of the surrounding area will have something to say if they bulldoze it.”
Danny subsequently switched Turnmills’ Friday night event Gallery to Ministry Of Sound where the house and trance dominated party remains one of London’s busiest and most popular club nights. Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Muir headline at the club this weekend (Friday August 21).
Article by Jonty Skrufff (http://skrufff.com)
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