Pictures of the inside of the old nightclub show the tragic lack of historic buildings in Rootset Walsall.

Amazing photos show how a historic building that was once so important to Walsall’s nightlife scene has fallen into disrepair. Sloping walls, broken brickwork, broken doors and stairs, shattered windows, and a dilapidated, dilapidated dance floor are some of the undesirable features of the Leachfield Street building.

Town Center Grade II was the last home of the Equator Nightclub but closed in 2018 and has been vacant ever since. It used to be a restaurant house and for many years was a branch of the Chicago Rock Cafe chain.

Heritage experts say the building is in a very dilapidated condition and many features have been damaged, and they warn that it is deteriorating rapidly. This is due to rotten debris, water leaking into the building and rotting inside.

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But new hope for the building has emerged after K5unner Properties’ meeting on Monday (June 20) approved a plan by Walsall Council to convert it into 28 apartments. Members were told that the company would restore a number of notable features while the listed building as well as the historic warehouse area would be prepared with compassion.

The Heritage Condition Report, submitted by Node with the application, states: “132 Litchfield Street is in poor condition. The building is dilapidated and not water tight. Traditional structural elements and fittings are deteriorating rapidly, primarily. Extensive water intrusion, brown rot, and breakage

“Without immediate investment, the designated heritage assets will be at risk of further, substantial fabric damage, which will have a significant negative impact on both its individuality, importance, and its contribution to the area of ​​protection.” There are three distinct structural elements within the site, of which, only the early 18th-century building in front of Litchfield Street features heritage interest features.

Bad condition inside the former Equator nightclub on Lechfield Street, Walsall. Image: Node

These include: details of the main entrance (wooden panel doors and fan lights), exterior decoration (giant plaster and carnations) and several panes on six sash windows.

“Most of these features are damaged, and some are substantial. However, most are able to maintain and repair their traditional fabric without further damage in accordance with safety principles and priorities. An informed work program using an evidence-based approach to intervention and repair. “

Jaspreet Ball, JBVJ Architects’ agent, told the committee: “We’ve been working with planning and heritage teams for the last two years, and it looks like we’ve reached a reasonable and well-considered proposal that is historic. More suitable for the site. The site has been neglected for many years. There is a real focus on maintenance and renovation.

An Artist'S Impression Of The Proposed Apartment Block For A Former Equator Nightclub On Lechfield Street, Walsall.  Photo: Jbvj Architects
An artist’s impression of the proposed apartment block for a former Equator nightclub on Lechfield Street, Walsall. Photo: JBVJ Architects

“We’ve done a lot of surveys on the property in terms of inheritance and we feel the opportunity is there now and it could be a historic development. Area.

“Ultimately, we feel that the proposals provide a positive contribution to the diverse and emerging township of Walsall Township.”

“I welcome this development,” said Aftab Nawaz, a councilor for St. Matthew’s Ward.

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