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Work starts ahead of Faces nightclub demolition

By Richard Guttridge | Wolverhampton | Property | Published:

A former city centre nightclub is being prepared for demolition to pave the way for a new college campus.

The club has been fenced off

Workers have begun removing part of the front of Faces, on the corner of Garrick Street and Bilston Street, which has been fenced off ahead of the main demolition work.

The old nightclub, which was also known as Oceania and Atlantis in years gone by, will make way for a new Wolverhampton College building forming part of a new multi-million pound Learning Quarter.

The demolition 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, with no road closures planned.

Work to bring down the old nightclub is expected to be completed towards the end of the summer.

The city council has not confirmed when full work to knock down Faces will start. Compton Care, which was based below the club, have left the site.

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.

Changing Faces: Work has started at the nightclub

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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