Nightclub to re-open after £500k work

A nightclub that was closed for more than a year after asbestos was found is set to reopen after a £500,000 clean-up operation and refurbishment.

A nightclub closed for more than a year after asbestos was found is set to re-open after a £500,000 clean-up operation and refurbishment.

The owners of the Atlantis Arena said light beams visible for more then 10 miles away will pierce the Norfolk night sky at the grand reopening in March, which could also feature an appearance by celebrity couple Katie Price - otherwise known as Jordan - and husband Peter Andre.

Towering Leisure, which owns the Yarmouth nightspot, has been under new management since November, when it was fined £90,000 at Norwich Crown Court after 70,000 clubbers were put at risk from asbestos dust.

New partners, brothers Andrew and Chris Mauroudis, are intent on transforming the nightclub and arcade complex into an upmarket destination and shaking off its troubled image, saying recent investment in Yarmouth was attracting a new type of discerning visitor.

Their plans include renovating the

62-bedroom Atlantis hotel, which sits on top of the club, and has fallen into disrepair as it has been closed for the last four years.

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They intend to turn the room at the top of Atlantis's 185ft landmark tower into a luxury £250-a-night penthouse suite with 360-degree views of Scroby Sands, Acle and Lowestoft.

And they said the 24,000 sq ft refurbished club, which is to be kitted out with a 20m video wall and marble and maple wood interior, would play host to a new superbike show and old favourites like the Battle of the Bands.

Other events set to attract customers back to the club, which has a 13,000 people capacity, are a talent contest with a £10,000 prize, and Greek, Portuguese and Scandinavian theme nights.

The pair from Yarmouth are hoping the new facilities and attractions will turn the resort's fortunes around after they bought a £1m stake in the venture from former partner Rodney Scott.

Their investment has made them joint directors of the company with former owner Colin Abbott.

Andrew Mauroudis said: "We are new directors with new ideas. We are looking at Riverside and the Mercy Club in Norwich for inspiration. We want to give the club the same kind of wow factor."