Pictures show £2 million Northampton nightclub revamp with on site vulnerability centre

The Platform cafe is open between Monday and Friday from 10am - 6pm.
The Platform cafe is open between Monday and Friday from 10am - 6pm.

A Northampton nightclub with heightened security has opened in the town centre with an on site safe place, as campaigned for by the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

Platform - which now occupies both Auntie Ruths Bar and The Black Bottom Club in George Row - plays host to a cafe, a nightclub boasting three rooms and a conference centre for up to 120 people.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Bosses at the club say there is heightened security at the venue with a 16-strong security team - eight of whom wear body cameras - and there will be a street marshalling project in place on a Wednesday night to usher students back to the Waterside Campus.

As campaigned for by the Chronicle & Echo, Platform also has an on site vulnerability centre, fitted with a shower, a toilet and two rooms intended for East Midlands Ambulance Service and Northamptonshire Police to use, but it is not yet in operation.

The £2 million project, which opened two weeks ago has already welcomed Radio 1 DJ's Scott Mills and Chris Stark through their doors as well as DJ Sub Focus.

General manager Matthew Nunn said: "We want to create a safer environment, I think that's something that Northampton needs. We have a larger security team than what is expected of us."

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

The club, which holds 1,000 people, has wheelchair facilities throughout and is open to the general public on Friday and Saturday nights and students and their guests midweek - with entry fees starting from £1.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.