In October 2021, U.K. developer British Land proposed office units in the building that houses Printworks London. It has now come to light that the club must soon vacate the premises altogether.
Southwark Council approved plans to bulldoze a portion of the structure currently devoted to the storied venue. The decision was made in a July 11th meeting, according to My London. It is part of an initiative called the Canada Water Masterplan intended to transform a 21.27 hectare area around Canada Water into a metropolitan hub, creating 20,000 jobs in the process.
The though of Printworks shuttering its doors is nonetheless controversial. As of this writing, over 10,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to prevent the venue from meeting its apparent fate. It cites data from the Night Time Industries Association indicating that London has lost nearly 25% of its nightclubs since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.
Printworks London opened its doors to the public in 2017 with a gathering headlined by Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, and Loco Dice. In the years since, acts like Bicep, Gorillaz, and Aphex Twin have performed at the venue. Its parent company, Broadwick Live, recently shared plans to open another warehouse space called The Beams London.
David Waters of British Land has said that the property management company is working with Broadwick live to open a new “cultural venue” in the Canada Water area.