A few months ago, The New Pavilion building in Morley was listed for sale by auction with planning permission for 14 dwellings.
The auction took place on 15th September and the building failed to sell.
This follows an online petition calling for the preservation of the building as a Heritage site due to its cultural importance, as well as its links to electronic dance music in the 90s.
Having stood for over 100 years, residents of Morley were concerned about it losing its place in the community, with a petition launched on Change.org attracting over 150 signatures.
The New Pavilion Building in Morley Leeds is imminently due to be sold by auction for redevelopment. We would like the building to be listed as a place of cultural interest and ideally purchased by a trust that will oversee its renovation and repurposing into a community space that will benefit the local residents and possibly attract visitors to the town.
The New Pavilion Building was designed by Messyrs Howarth and Howarth and opened in 1911 as a Cine-Variety theatre, it spent the best part of the last century serving the town as either a cinema or theatre before it became a bingo hall in 1968, it is however perhaps most famously known for being the location of the world-renowned Orbit music events which were held there from 1990-2003 when the building was known as the Afterdark nightclub.
The Orbit gained cult status amongst the worldwide clubbing scene and was known as the U.K. Mecca of Techno due to its cutting edge music and DJ bookings policy. Leading acts from around the world were a weekly phenomenon in this small Yorkshire mining town and the club developed a reputation as arguably the best Techno Institution in the world which still has many dedicated followers to this day.
We feel the building deserves to be saved from demolition and this petition has been created as a last-minute attempt to try and raise awareness of its importance in U.K. cultural and musical history. What happened here was once the UK’s answer to the world-famous Tresor club in Berlin and it cannot be overlooked that demolishing this building would essentially be like demolishing the “Graceland” of 90’s Electronic dance music.”
Among those who signed the petition was Richard Hinchcliffe, who said “This is a historic building. The orbit was one of the most iconic nights in Europe at its peak.”
Another support stated “The Orbit remains legendary to this day… let’s not turn it into a load of apartments like they did with the hacienda. It should remain in trust for the purpose of community cohesion and enrichment through music and arts.”
Now, supporters of the petition can breathe a sigh of relief as the building failed to sell at Wednesday’s auction. However, the future of the once great building remains unclear.