Demolition of The Solstice planned for January


Demolition of The Solstice planned for January

The Solstice, which is also home to Harry's Bar and Cafe, Radius and Eden, is likely to be demolished in January if planning permission is granted to building owners, MPB Structures. 

Plans, submitted to Peterborough City Council, include the demolition of the site to slab, to make room for redevelopment which includes the proposed building of university student blocks. 

The proposed building work would take place from 8am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturdays. 

Currently, The Solstice is closed due to the latest coronavirus restrictions. They wrote on their Facebook page last month: "Unfortunately due to increase government restrictions we have had no choice but to close The Solstice until further notice. 

"We want to thank you for your support over the last 23 years and we hopefully look forward to seeing you all again soon."

However, the bar has since changed its residency status from temporarily closed to permanently closed on Facebook.

If plans are approved to demolish The Solstice in January, the owners of The Solstice building MPB Structures aim to turn the Northminster Road building into university accommodation, by demolishing the existing nightclub and building up to 56 apartments, alongside ground floor shops and restaurants and cafes. 

The plan, representing the first private sector investment in student accommodation for the university, would cater for up to 77 University of Peterborough students if approved, with associated car parking included. 

Speaking about the proposal, a spokesperson from MPB Structures said: "We are very proud of Peterborough and what we have achieved here. Solstice has been an important and successful part of Peterborough's leisure scene for many years and we thank all our loyal customers for their support. Our proposal to invest in creating student accommodation at this site is a clear demonstration of the private sector’s confidence in the success of the new University.

"This is an ideal place for students to live and we believe the new look buildings will significantly add to the overall regeneration of this area, including the local green space at Stanley Recreation Ground. Together with the new apartments and commercial units, it will breathe new life into this part of the city centre.

"We appreciate that many local people will have wonderful memories of the club and this is a new beginning, we want the Solstice brand to continue and to support the new University, and we will be looking at how we meet changing leisure patterns.

"The Council's Local Plan for Northminster has made it difficult for the club to operate, with critical paths and roads being closed preventing access to our venue, demolition works ongoing, and general lack of investment in the Northminster area for the past 20 years. As a local family and business, we are committed to leading the much-needed regeneration of this area."