The Britannia Bar and Nightclub opened its doors for the final time on New Year’s Eve, having been converted into an 800-capacity venue by owner Scott Slingsby in 2010.
The historic building first opened in 1907, when it was a traditional ale house for Melbourne Ales, but its future is unclear after being placed on the marketed with PPH Commercial for £625,000.
Experienced chartered surveyor Duncan Willey, who has been tasked with finding a buyer, believes the price tag represents excellent value for money for such an important town centre location.
Mr Willey said: “The Britannia is a highly-prominent landmark at the heart of Scunthorpe, and I'm sure many people will have fond memories of spending fun-filled nights there from when it operated as a bar and nightclub.
“It may have closed its doors for now, but I still believe it has a really bright future ahead. We just need to find a passionate new owner who has vision and ambition for what is a truly lovely building.”
Plans have been already approved to turn The Britannia into offices, a shop and a café should it be acquired by a new owner who wishes to remodel its layout. However, Mr Willey admits its future is far from certain as it is also available for lease with an annual rent of just £45,000.
He said: “The ground floor may have an irregular shaped area, which also boasts a conservatory space, but it would lend itself to multiple uses such as a salon, restaurant or modern open-plan office space.
“The first floor is obviously where the former main dance area was situated, but again this open-plan layout will be suitable for a wide variety of uses.
“It also has a large basement, which currently contains an office and the former cellar area, but this could be totally transformed into a very useable third level with a little bit of creativity and imagination.
“The premises could end up being dramatically changed and it would be the ideal home for a large beauty salon, hair dressers and spa. Or perhaps it would work as an open-plan work space for a creative agency. The options are endless.
“Obviously, it might prove attractive to someone who wants to reopen it as a nightclub or late-night bar again – which would also be possible.
“Whatever the future holds in store, I’m sure the Britannia will once again play an important role at the heart of Scunthorpe’s high street.”
As revellers who frequented the venue - known locally as ‘The Brit’ - will know, the property benefits from male, female and disabled toilets on both floors, as well as air conditioning, fire and security alarms. The upper floor also has a self-contained VIP function room and bar, along with staff accommodation.
Externally, vehicle access is possible from Frodingham Road with an electric sliding gate providing a good secure car park area with space for approximately 12 vehicles.
For more details about the premises, click here or call 01724 294946 for an informal discussion.