An iconic Merseyside nightclub could be demolished to make way for apartments.
The Grafton on West Derby Road has gone down in history for its wild nights. Opening in 1924, the venue was once a thriving dance hall next to what is now known as the Liverpool Olympia.
The Beatles and Duke Ellington played the venue and famous bandleaders like Henry Hall, Victor Sylvester and Joe Loss all appeared on the stage. However, The nightclub closed its doors in 2008 and has been left in a state of disrepair.
However, Equans Regeneration has submitted plans to Liverpool City Council to demolish the vacant Grafton Rooms and create 90 affordable flats next door to the Olympia building. The scheme see 47 one and 43 two-bedroom rent-to-buy apartments, to be owned and managed by affordable housing provider Sovini.
The proposal has promised to keep the Grafton’s Edwardian Neoclassical frontage as a design feature and to pay homage to the history of the site. The Grafton later became infamous for its 'grab a granny' Thursday nights which were launched in the 1970s.
A fly-on-the-wall documentary, Nightclub: Tales From The Grafton, went out on BBC Two in May 1999. The six-part documentary was billed as a 'warts-and-all' exposé of life at the nightclub. Made by former Liverpool-based company Planet Wild and narrated by Cathy Tyson, the show came under a volley of criticism, especially from the ECHO.
People still have fond memories of the popular venue which has cemented it's place in the history of Liverpool's nightlife. Back in 2019, residents from the Simonsfield Care Home in Runcorn got partying at a specially themed night called "A night down at the Grafton" in tribute to the legendary West Derby Road nightspot.