London's Iconic Ministry of Sound Nightclub Threatened by Property Development
Published Feb 18, 2010Over its 19 years of operation, London's Ministry of Sound nightclub has developed a reputation as one of the best dance clubs in the world, with regular sets from many of the world's top DJs. It is so iconic that, in 1995, the nightclub expanded into a record label, recently releasing albums by such artists as Deadmau5, Kid Cudi and Eric Prydz.
Unfortunately, for fans of dance music, the BBC reports that the nightclub may be in jeopardy thanks to plans to build a 369-suite apartment tower across the road. Property developer Oakmayne reportedly submitted an application to build the tower, which would mean that Ministry of Sound would need to worry about sound levels and curfews - concerns that could compromise the club's supremacy in the dance music scene.
Ministry of Sound CEO Lohan Presencer issued the following statement about the proposed development:
When Oakmayne told us that "nightclubs come and go," we were horrified. Ministry of Sound is not just any nightclub; it's the most famous nightclub in the world and the heart of a global entertainment business.
These developers have cut corners at every stage and counter to their claims, they do not have the best interests of the local community at heart. We must do everything in our power to save our club and our business.
On the other side of the debate, Oakmayne chairman Christopher Allen released a statement of his own:
Oakmayne confirm that they have worked extensively with the Ministry of Sound and Southwark officers to ensure that the scheme and the Ministry of Sound can coexist harmoniously.
Oakmayne have also agreed to spend nearly £400,000 to assist in further sound proofing the Ministry of Sound nightclub. Sadly for Southwark residents the Ministry of Sound will not withdraw their objections so that £20m of scheme benefits are now in jeopardy.
Despite these claims, it's hard to imagine that any amount of sound-proofing would be sufficient to allow the club to operate late into the night without bothering residents.
The Ministry of Sound brand currently makes $80 million per year. Given the dire state of music sales, however, it's probably fair to assume that the record label won't be able to survive if this live venue goes under.