This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 05/04/2018.
Take a look inside part of Croydon’s former Blue Orchid nightclub which has reopened as a gym
Before it was renovated, the old bar and posters on the walls advertising nights out could still be seen on the dancefloor.
Part of the building which was last used to house the much-loved former Blue Orchid nightclubhas reopened as a gym.
The building, in Park Lane, has been vacant ever since the club closed in 2004 – but has now been given a new lease of life by fitness chain MYPT Studio.
The chain moved into where the downstairs dance floor used to be when the venue was a nightclub on Saturday (March 31).
The fitness chain secured a five-year lease for the new gym earlier this year.
Tom Riddick, managing director of the fitness chain, told the Advertiser that the dancefloor area was still much the same as 14 years ago, with the bar area, as well as posters on the walls advertising nights out, still there to see.
But one thing in particular stood out to Mr Riddick when he walked in – the smell.
He said: “We wanted more space and we were saying to our landlord we want to potentially move to find more space. But we then saw this unit.
“When we first went in it was derelict. The old bar was still in there and the whole place stunk of an old nightclub kind of smell.
“It was like it was back in the day as it just stunk of old beer. There were still posters up on the walls advertising nights they were looking at running.
“It was like the feeling you get when the lights come on after a night out.”
But the area has since been transformed and now features a pool table, sitting area and blue lighting.
It even has a nightclub vibe due to a picture of the Blue Orchid logo on the wall, and still regularly plays the same smash-hit songs of the 1980s and 1990s at classes which would have played during the many nights out held there.
MYPT Studio, which already has a gym in St George’s Walk, runs one-on-one fitness sessions as well as group classes.
Its 14 personal trainers regularly use kettlebells, medicine balls and boxing bags during workouts, and also offer transformation challenges and nutritional information.
Mr Riddick believes the gym, which has acquired 2,000 square feet of extra space because of the expansion, is “one of a kind” in Croydon due to the particular service it offers.
He said: “Up in London there is boutique studios like ours. The market is people who don’t mind paying a little bit more for personal training because they are doing it with a community of people like them.
“In our area, in Croydon, we are the first to offer this type of service and we are the market leader. We are for people who don’t mind paying that little bit more for an amazing time working out and to achieve results.
“We are one of a kind in Croydon at the moment.”
MYPT Studio regularly hold transformation challenges which include guidance on nutrition and as much personal training as required.