National music promoter and venue operator DHP Family is to open a new music venue in Birmingham in 2018, according to plans announced today.
The proposed 400 capacity premises will deliver, “food, a quality bar offer and a full programme of live music and club nights”, according to the company, which currently runs eight live music venues across the UK.
The Grade II-listed John Bright Street building acquired by DHP was formerly home to the Birmingham and Midland Skin Hospital, and more recently Rosie O’Brien’s nightclub, before remaining vacant for a number of years.
The premises was listed for sale at £1.2m earlier this year.
DHP Family owner George Akins said: “Opening the venue in Birmingham is part of a strategic move to develop the DHP brand in this key region. We think it’s an area that’s very strong at arena level, but presents an opportunity for growth at the small to medium end of the market.”
George added: “Birmingham is the UK’s second city, and has a rich musical heritage – but the city centre has lacked a characterful and creative venue for a long time. We believe with the revitalisation of the area around New Street Station that the time is right to create a place that the music fans of Birmingham will welcome.”
Anton Lockwood, DHP Director of Promotions, said, “We plan to use the skills and knowledge we’ve gained from award-winning venues like Rock City, Oslo, Thekla and Rescue Rooms to deliver something exciting that echoes the DHP values and standards, but is also a unique experience to Birmingham.”
Plans are now being drawn up for a complete refurbishment of the premises, due for completion in 2018.