Going Underground!!!!! The Lo-co Klub
We have managed to negotiate an agreement on what could well become Bristol’s most unusual underground venue! Nestled under the historic Passenger shed at Bristol Temple Meads Station, is the remains of the Railwayman’s Social club and adjoining a set of 7 vaulted ceiling tunnels / railway arches that were formerly the ash pits back in the glory days of steam.
Our aim is to turn it into a multi use arts venue with an element of cabaret, mini music hall and social club in the bar areas and an atmospheric underworld blackout promenade theatre space in the adjoining arches.
The Railwayman’s social club presents potentially the worlds smallest music hall, this is adjoined by an amazing vaulted brick ceilinged set of arches, the old ash pits for the steam trains above when this was the belly of the original station at Temple Meads built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel himself 175 years ago!
We have secured use of these spaces until such time as the passenger shed above is returned to use as an electrified railway station some time in the next 5 years. Currently this is due to begin at the end of 2017.
Despite the unique style and awesome aesthetic of the space it is of course not without its challenges, not least of all the lack of power, water, toilets etc and of course a myriad of trip hazards.
the money we raise will be spent on toilet block installation, security, Bar refit, re surfacing trip hazards and uneven surfaces.
It’s a really unusual and inspiring space and very underground Bristol (literally!) donations of any size will of course be gratefully received and if you are not in a position to assist with this phase you will still of course be welcome to attend and make use of the venue.
I look forwards to sharing some special moments with you in the under world!
Yours Sincerely Doug Francisco
The Lo-co Klub is an Artspace Lifespace - Invisible Circus partnership project.
Risks and challenges
There are already significant challenges as this is a semi derelict grade 1 listed site, owned by the council in a very visible area of the city. We have a lot of experience dealing with old spaces and also local authorities so I am attemtping to pre empt all issues with advance dialogue.
This has been the process so far since we have been in negotiations about the project. we have good relations with all local partners and city council.
We have a plan so that if delays do arise with the full licesing and opening or we are delayed in works we have focussed all our efforts on h the show space so the first performance can go ahead and if needs be we can not open the rest of the bar rooms until further into the show run, allowing time to work through any major issues that have arisen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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