An Elephant & Castle nightclub has won its fight to remain in its home months after it was told it would have to leave because of new flats planned within ten metres of the venue.
Corsica Studios will be able to stay in its two railway arches, Southwark Council confirmed at a meeting today (October 17).
The 500-capacity nightclub had been told that it would have to move up the road to protect future residents from noise nuisance, as part of the regeneration of the centre of Elephant and Castle. But the club, which has been based in the railway arches by Elephant and Castle railway station since 2002, has now been told it can stay where it is after acoustic experts found a solution that prevents sound from leaking out from the venue.
A report presented to the council’s cabinet on October 17 said that bosses at Corsica Studios objected to the proposed move after Labour-run Southwark Council obtained a compulsory purchase order [CPO] allowing them to carry out the relocation plans in February.
They told council officials the move “was not their preferred outcome” and asked the council to reassess if the club could remain where it was.
New acoustic surveys were carried out in summer and a solution was found that prevents sound leakage, which involves the construction of a “sound mitigation lobby” on the western side of the venue.
One of the two arches further up the road that Corsica Studios was due to move into will now become replacement premises for Beset, a logistics company that will have to move as part of the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle centre.
The other arch could become home to Latin American supermarket DistriAndina, which also has to relocate as part of the regeneration plans.
Councillors approved a new CPO which will allow the so-called “sound mitigation lobby” to be built on the façade of Corsica Studios at the cabinet meeting.
Councillor Helen Dennis, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “Essentially what this report does is propose the withdrawal of the existing CPO that was made in February and puts forward proposals for a revised and improved CPO.
“Two things to note in particular: an improved position in relation to Corsica Studios, the nightclub that operates at Elephant and Castle.
“A solution has been found that will allow them to stay in situ with an improved acoustic solution that deals with the noise from the nightclub and any conflict there might be with residential in the future.
“That then itself has enabled an improved position for a number of small businesses that need to relocate into some of the arches.”
Councillor Kieron Williams, leader of Southwark Council, said: “It’s really welcome that work has happened with Corsica to find a solution that helps them stay where they are.”