THE building that used to be home to a former Northwich nightclub will be ready to welcome a new tenant by the end of the summer – but its owners are remaining tight lipped about who could be moving in.

Property developer Crystal Holdings has spent the past year renovating the building on High Street that used to be home to Northwich’s busiest nightspot, Amber Lounge.

The building was damaged by a fire that took place in January 2012 that left it with a huge hole in the roof. The nightspot had been closed for a number of months before the fire broke out.

But the property was left open to the elements for a number of months before Crystal acquired the property in 2013 and decided it would bring it back into use.

Stephen Ashworth, from Crystal Holdings, told the Guardian that work on the building was almost complete and the property would be ready for occupation in late summer time.

“Following the success of Northwich Business Centre (opposite the sorting office) we have been looking for opportunities to expand in the town, “ he said.

“When the property on the High Street became available, we jumped at the chance to add it to our portfolio.

“Even before the work has been completed, we are seeing a good level of enquiries so we are confident of finding the right tenant to move forward with us and bring this landmark property back into use as soon as possible.”

The building, believed to have been built in the 19th century, boasts ‘Tudor style’ frontage. Crystal said many of its original features had been retained as part of the refurbishment despite the damage caused by the fire.

In its promotional material, the owners have said the property ‘is ideally suited to bar, nightclub or retail use, with a beer garden located to the rear of the property, overlooking the River Weaver’.

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