A new Hackney nightspot has announced its rescheduled opening having overcome delays caused by the partial collapse of buildings on Amhurst Road in November.
The opening of ‘Oslo’ was originally scheduled for December 2013 but was postponed due to Hackney Council’s decision to carry out urgent demolition works on nearby buildings following their partial collapse.
The building suffered no structural damage and was declared safe, but access to the site was restricted for a period and redevelopment was consequently delayed, but Oslo will finally open on Friday 17 January 2013.
The opening will come as a relief to the owners, as other Amhurst Road residents weren’t so fortunate, with popular wine bar and restaurant Raw Duck lost in the demolition.
Adam Wagstaff, promotions manager for DHP Family, the company behind Oslo, said: “It was obviously a bit of an issue for us because it delayed our opening but we were concerned for the residents and businesses that are homed in the buildings that were damaged.”
Oslo, which has a capacity of up to 600 people over two floors, is situated next door to Hackney Central Station on Amhurst Road.
Wagstaff continued: “Oslo will bring something to Hackney Central that it doesn’t have, the area has a plethora of restaurants and music venues but this is a multi purpose venue with live music, great club events, great food and a late license, bringing a new premium product to the area, it’s very exciting.”
The site was originally built by the North London Railway Company as a station in 1870 and later used as a ticket office during World War II; it is the only surviving part of the original station, which was closed in the 1970s.