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Work to Wolverhampton's Faces nightclub set to begin

By Richard Guttridge | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Work to knock down a former city centre nightclub will begin over the next few weeks.

Changing Faces - the old nightclub will be knocked down

The old Faces club in Wolverhampton is being brought down to make way for a new Wolverhampton College building, which will form part of a new multi-million pound Learning Quarter.

It will mark the end of an era for the city and many people with fond memories of Faces and its previous guises, Oceania and Atlantis.

The demolition on the corner of Garrick Street and Bilston Street will come as major works to extend the metro line continue nearby along Pipers Row but council bosses have said they do not expect the latest project to add to the disruption in the city centre.

Some pavements are expected to be blocked off but no road closures are planned.

Preparations have already begun, with some panelling on the building having been stripped away.

Compton Care, which was based below the club, have left the site.

Work is due to be completed towards the end of the summer

A Wolverhampton Council spokesman said: “The demolition will begin on the former Faces nightclub over the next few weeks with works set to be complete this autumn.

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“The works have been designed to cause minimal disruption while the demolition takes place. However, there will be some footpath closures as a precaution to keep the safety of our residents and visitors our top priority.

“We look forward to the upcoming City Learning Quarter providing an inspirational environment for people to learn and develop.”

The Faces site will be transformed to become the new centre for further education in Wolverhampton, one of several major developments earmarked for the city over the next few years.

The move will see the college leave its long-standing base at Paget Road, with education chiefs keen for a move to the city centre to make it a more attractive proposition for students.

Vacant buildings owned by the council on St George’s Parade will also be pulled down as part of the Learning Quarter project.

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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