Northampton

Crush death nightclub in Northampton to become a gym

Former nightclub Lava and Ignite.
Image caption The premises are being converted into a 24-hour gym creating up to 25 jobs

Work is to start on converting a former nightclub in Northampton where two people were crushed to death last year, into a fitness gym.

The Lava & Ignite building, on St Peters Way, was bought by Pure Gym, who said it would turn it into a 24-hour fitness centre creating up to 25 jobs.

A planning application was approved by Northampton Borough Council on 2 May.

Pure Gym said work would start in June and the gym could open as early as September.

The nightclub closed in October after students Nabila Nanfuka, 22, and Laurene-Danielle Jackson, 19, died following a stampede of people trying to leave.

Witnesses described club-goers rushing to the exits after an announcement that coaches were leaving to take them home.

The club closed for good when Luminar, which ran it, went into administration.

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