A former nightclub and dance hall in Newcastle-under-Lyme has been placed on the market for redevelopment.

The Crystal Buildings, formerly known as The Crystal Ballroom and latterly Zanzibar, on Brunswick Street, occupies a 0.89-acre site and comprises of 36,000 sq ft of space set over three floors, and is now being marketed by joint agents Harris Lamb and James A Baker.

The agents are hosting an open event on Wednesday 16th October from 10am-1130am  to give prospective purchasers the opportunity to explore the site and discuss its potential.


With a prominent roadside location, a basement covering the majority of the building’s ground-floor footprint, and a large car park with 75 spaces, the much-loved venue has enormous scope for redevelopment, already having planning permission in place for retail and restaurant use.

Richard Tole, Director for James A Baker, said the sale of the Crystal Buildings is a ‘great opportunity’ for the right investor.

“It’s a large plot of land with permissions already in place for a range of uses. It’s recently been used as a nightclub, and has retail and food offerings.

“It’s well located on one of the main roads into the town and we know there will be lots of interest.”

Andrew Groves, of Harris Lamb’s Investment team, said: “The Crystal Building is something of a local gem, holding a lot of fond memories for people in the region, and is likely to attract a lot of interest from developers keen to give the much-loved building a new lease of life.

“There is so much history surrounding this venue, and it has massive potential for total redevelopment. The size of the building and the extensive car park lends itself to both residential and student accommodation, subject to planning permission.

The site has previously been given planning consent for residential, commercial and gym/fitness use.

Originally built as a snooker hall in the 1950s on the site of a former coal yard, the building was transformed into the Crystal Ballroom dance hall in 1958, providing a prime venue for the region’s Big Band scene. The building underwent a number of changes and name and theme, most recently known as The Zanzibar, which closed its doors for the last time in 2004.

The property is available on both a leasehold and freehold basis. For further information, contact the agents on andrew.groves@harrislamb.com or richard@jamesabaker.co.uk