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Belfast bar and nightclub could be replaced by apartments

The Time Nightclub and Playwright Bar could become apartments.
The Time Nightclub and Playwright Bar could become apartments.

Plans have been lodged to change a Belfast bar and nightclub into apartments.

The Playwright Bar and Time Nightclub - which employ around 60 people - in the Botanic area could be set to close their doors.

The Irish News has reported owners 1 Oak Leisure Ireland submitted a planning application to change the site into nine apartments.

An application for change of use was submitted to Belfast City Council on April 24 of this year.

Both venues only opened their doors in September 2017 after a £1.5m redevelopment at the former premises of The Fly.

The group also owns the Time nightclub in Cookstown, Johnny Foxes in Magherafelt, and Rubys Nightclub and The Harp & Fiddle Bar in Strabane.

When the new venues opened in 2017 marketing manager Laura McGillion said hopes were high.

“We are very excited to bring the Time brand to Belfast, along with The Playwright Bar, on the site of what was once one of the city’s most popular establishments, in this prime location close to the iconic Queen’s University Belfast," she said.

“We’ve totally transformed and refurbished the entire building from top to bottom and installed a brand new state of the art sound and lighting system to ensure that Time Nightclub and The Playwright Bar can replicate the success of Time Bar + Venue in Cookstown.

“Belfast is vibrant and exciting, and growing in stature and reputation every day, so our intention has always been to give the city a top quality new venue that everyone will be proud of.  With the opening of The Playwright Bar and Time Nightclub, I believe that we have achieved that objective."

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