Opened in either 1990 or 1991 and closed in May 2001, this controversial purpose built “mega-club” was flattened some time after 2007. What is left on the site are the remains of the Vernons Pools building. This 6-story (including the roof) listed art deco tower was built in the 1920s. I can’t find much history on Vernon’s though.
The club was popular with punters, but not so much with critics:
A huge purpose built mega–club on the outskirts of town. Not cool or alternative, devoid of character and atmosphere. It’s that cheesy corporate clubbing experience that every city seems to have these days and once inside, you could be in any one of them. You arrive, you get rid of your coat, you queue at the bar, you dance to some charty/disco tunes, you drink more to dull the pain, you get in a cab to go home. There’s too much going on in the city centre to bother with the cab fare.
The local free paper has recently – i.e. today, the 5th of May 2011 – published an article calling the site “an eyesore”, and saying “the 2.39 acres freehold cuts a depressing figure on the skyline since the site has been for sale with offers invited in the region of £2.5m.”
Anyway, on with the pics
Still a few remnants of the old club around
Saturday night here was broadcast live on local radio. I used to listen to it before my musical tastes changed
The cash office is still there
Along with two safes
Obligatory lonely chair shot
Obligatory staircase shot
Still bits of paperwork left here and there
The top floor was my favourite, with the four Vernon’s clockfaces
How it used to look…
The electronic clock mechanism
And on to the roof!
Looking over to Switch Cars – report to follow
Looking down the A59 toward Aintree race course
Main stand at Aintree race course
Panorama of the clock room. Click for full sized goodness!
That’s it, thanks for looking!