BOSSES at Gatecrasher are stepping up a bid to bring a new superclub to Sheffield, as the five-year anniversary of the fire which destroyed the original venue approaches.
The international firm has been rallying support for its plan to build a £5 million pound nightclub in the city ahead of an announcement over the future of its plans next week.
An official page on social networking site Facebook, called Gatecrasher to Build New Sheffield Venue, has issued a number of pleas for the public to get behind the bid.
The page currently has more than 12,000 ‘likes’.
A huge blaze ripped through the Gatecrasher One club in June 2007, destroying the Eyre Street building.
No one was harmed in the incident but crews from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service narrowly escaped injury when part of the former warehouse collapsed.
The company later launched a bid to set up a new superclub in its spiritual home.
In April 2010, Sheffield Council councillors refused to grant permission for a new venue below the ‘cheese-grater’ car park on the corner of Charles Street and Arundel Gate amid fears it would have an adverse impact on city centre regeneration.
At the time, Gatecrasher boss Simon Raine vowed to fight the decision and accused the council of not giving proper consideration to the proposal.
He said: “Gatecrasher is still intent on returning to the city, it’s where we belong.”
A spokesman said: “There are still details to finalise. We will not be going to press until after the weekend.”