Plans to resurrect Chelmsford nightclub

Plans are afoot to resurrect one of Chelmsford’s biggest nightclubs – two years after it closed its doors to clubbers.

The licence, if granted by Chelmsford City Council, would grant the right to operate a huge range of entertainment until 5am including indoor sporting events, films, plays, boxing, wrestling, music and dance performances, plus the sale of alcohol.

Evoke 2.0, in Market Road, Chelmsford, was opened by local businessman Steve Webb in 2012, who oversaw the £2.5 million refurbishment of the former Chancellor Hall.

It aimed to bring a “London club feel” to the Essex city, and was relaunched under the ownership of The Deltic Group in September 2013.

Evoke shut down permanently in November 2018 following a closing party with former BBC Radio One DJ Charlie Sloth.

At the time in 2018 the Deltic Group said that they would continue its option as operators of the site while planning a “new investment”.

However, Deltic is said to have run out of money at the end of last year, and although some of the previous Deltic clubs, including Bar and Beyond in Chelmsford, were bought by Danish operator Rekom, Evoke was not one of them.

However. Coal Pension Properties Limited, which own the old Evoke building, has submitted a application for a new premises licence to Chelmsford City Council, including a request to hold indoor sporting events, and boxing or wrestling, in addition to being able to run club nights.

The closing date for representations is March 22.

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter