AROUND £750,000 will be spent on Salisbury's biggest nightclub to "bring it into the 2020s", the new owners have revealed.

Last month national operators Epic Bars and Clubs confirmed it was taking over The Chapel Nightclub, consisting of The Vestry, The Courtyard and The Chapel Room.

Now Sean Cullen, new site director, has spoken to the Journal about future plans for the venue. 

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The team is focussed on restoring the former glory of the nightclub on Milford Street, while keeping its "charm and character".

£750,000 is being pumped into the three sites, transforming The Vestry into a botanic bar and the other two spaces into a 'disco room' and major nightclub, complete with improved light and sound facilities. 

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Keeping the same name, the revamped nightclub is set to show off its makeover between August and September.  

“Excited” for the venture, Mr Cullen said: "We just saw an opportunity to put the magic back into The Chapel, something new that makes the hair stand up on the back of the neck.

"The Chapel Room itself is a one-off and will be designed specifically for the building, so you will have to wait for that one."

The director added Epic Bars is determined to maintain "a good party atmosphere", in a "good, fit-for-purpose nightclub".

He said: "[The Chapel] has been here for 25 plus years, there's no reason why it shouldn’t be here for another 25, in such a lovely city."

The new owners have been talking to current Chapel staff and customers to find out the nightclub's positives and what can be improved.

So far pigeons on the exterior and the age of the building have been some of the concerns flagged.

The same staff and management are being kept on, but the team will be on the hunt for more staff as summer draws to a close.

"We're putting a lot of money into it to bring it into the 2020s, but we don’t want it to lose its charm," Mr Cullen added.

"It is a brilliant building with so much character, so we want to make changes sympathetically."

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