Luminar to invest £3m in nightclub refurbishments

Pryzm Bristol

The Luminar Group has announced a multimillion-pound programme to transform its nightclubs across the country, from Cardiff and Bournemouth to Lancashire and Kent.

Projects include the conversion of its seven-year-old Oceana club in Cardiff to its new concept Pryzm, which is due to open on September 12 after an investment of £800,000.

It will be followed in early October by the opening of a new club in Swansea, still to be named, which is being created out of the former Odyssey at a cost of £1.2million.

By the start of October, Luminar also intends to have completed a £300,000 refurbishment of Cameo in Guildford, Surrey, aiming to make it appeal to a slightly older, more upmarket customer.

Other projects will be a £250,000 revamp of Squires in Preston, Lancashire, a £150,000 refresh of Air & Breathe in Dartford, Kent, and a £300,000 refurbishment at Liquid in Hanley, Staffordshire.

It is also investing £300,000 in creating a “stylish retro-themed” bar called Vinyl as part of its Cameo nightclub in Bournemouth. A further three investments are then planned before the end of the year.

Pryzm in Cardiff and the new club in Swansea will feature the latest light and sound technology, opulent interiors, table service and VIP booth seating.

Luminar chief financial officer Russell Margerrison said: “Customers are consistently demanding more from their late-night experiences. The Luminar estate had been under-invested for many years and refurbishing our venues is one of our key priorities. Once these sites are completed, over 50% of our estate will be invested in.”

The majority of the refurbishment work will take place over the summer holiday break so that the clubs are ready for university and college students’ freshers’ weeks. A full entertainment programme is also planned to launch the clubs, including appearances by world-class DJs.

Luminar is the UK’s largest nightclub operator with 53 venues across the UK, employing over 2,000 people. It launched new nightclub concept Pryzm in Bristol last year (pictured).

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