Bristol city center nightclub to accommodate students after it closed during the Covid-19 pandemic

A nightclub in Bristol city center is set to be partially converted into student apartments after it closed at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and has not reopened. Forty Eight nightclub on Park Street will now accommodate up to seven students on its first and second floors after a planning application to convert it was approved by Bristol City Council.

However, the ground floor will continue to be used either as retail or as a drinking establishment. The nightclub closed on March 22, 2020 and has remained vacant ever since, according to a planning application submitted to council by property developer Urban Creation.

The Forty Eight Facebook page was active as recently as March 2021, when a post appeared to suggest the club hoped to reopen on June 21, the day the government originally planned to remove all Covid restrictions and allow the reopening of nightclubs.

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It didn’t happen until July 19, but Forty Eight’s Facebook post on March 30 read, “Go June 21. Hold on Bristol.” And an article written on September 28, 2020, when nightclubs were not allowed to open, said the club hoped to “welcome you all back as soon as it is safe to do so”.

The nightclub had been open since September 2012, according to business directory site However, a planning statement submitted by Shu Architects on behalf of the developers says the nightclub conversion will be a “benefit” to “local residential amenities”.

And he adds: ‘The proposed works would bring the currently underutilized upper floors back to active use, providing social, economic and environmental benefits to No 48 and Park Street as a whole.’

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