An old newspaper printing facility in east London is to be turned into a new 5,000-capacity multi-purpose venue.
Printworks is located on a 16-acre site in Canada Water that was once home to the largest newspaper printing facility in Western Europe.
With six huge event spaces on offer, the new venue is planning to host everything from food markets to conventions, orchestral performances and music festivals.
In a boost to the capital’s clubbing scene, Printworks will also be used for multi-room raves overseen by experienced programmers LWE, the London promoter behind warehouse venue Tobacco Dock and festivals Field Day and Junction 2.
“Our first site visit blew our minds,” say the LWE team. “It was so hard to keep it under wraps for so long. We have been looking for spaces in London for almost 10 years now and nothing has come close to this.”
The building’s original features and printing machines will be largely left as they are to preserve the venue’s industrial feel, according to the owners.
The empty facility has previously been used by Secret Cinema for their Star Wars and 28 Days Later events, and was one of the locations where Avengers: Age of Ultron was filmed.
The planning application for the use of Printworks as a culture, music and arts space is under consideration by Southwark Council and events will begin in early 2017 if given the go ahead.