THE FORMER NatWest Bank building in the heart of Warwick is set for a new lease of life.
CJ’s Events – which is based in the town and runs a number of markets across the district, as well as organising the annual Leamington Carnival – is looking to transform the High Street building into a multi-use events centre.
Proposals include hosting corporate events on weekdays, wedding fairs, specialist food and drink shows, film and sports screenings, and live music and dancing.
But bosses have been quick to stress it will not be a pub or nightclub, and will only host set events, operating from 8am through to around 11pm.
CJ’s Events director Jamie Walker was excited at the prospect of the venture, which would be a first for the firm.
Mr Walker told The Observer: “We really think this is something Warwick has needed for a long time, and it’s a great building.
“We want to offer a unique luxurious venue for various events. It is not going to be a pub or a nightclub.
“I can assure people living nearby we will be doing everything to ensure they are not disturbed.
“We are based in Warwick and have a good reputation which we don’t want to destroy.”
Warwick District Council licensing committee is set to consider an application for a drinks licence on August 1. A planning application is expected to be heard in September.
The prominent building on the corner of Swan Street – which also boasts a courtyard – closed some two years ago.