Summer opening aim for Assembly Rooms as owner lodges nightclub plans

New owner of the Assembly Rooms, Boston, Matthew Clark.
New owner of the Assembly Rooms, Boston, Matthew Clark.

Plans that would allow Boston’s historic Assembly Rooms to be used as a nightclub have been lodged by the venue’s new owner.

Entrepreneur Matt Clark has made an application to change the use of the landmark building from ‘assembly and leisure’ to ‘assembly, leisure and nightclub’.

Mr Clark, who owns Loaded nightclub in Spalding, says the club is ‘likely to be a small part’ of the the use of the Assembly Rooms, with dinner dances, business conferences and public functions also planned.

If successful, Mr Clark will also submit plans for the work needed to revamp the first floor and former public toilets. He hopes to start six weeks of work in the summer ahead of a grand opening in August and says the development should create 35 jobs.

Mr Clark, managing director of Activ Group, said: “Whilst we have been frustrated that the planning of the works at the site have taken much longer than anticipated and hoped, we are now excited to be moving forward. These delays were necessary to ensure that we together work towards the best outcome for the property.

“I personally am eager to return the property to a condition that both I and the town can be proud of. Things will start to happen very quickly now.”