Luminar to unveil new 'blueprint' for its venues with £1m Bristol refurb

By Peter Ruddick

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Oceana Bristol general manager Ken Getgood (far right) celebrates the venue's forthcoming £1m refurb with assistant managers Dexter Sneddon and Ben Wheeler and deputy manager Kelly Renshaw (l-r)
Oceana Bristol general manager Ken Getgood (far right) celebrates the venue's forthcoming £1m refurb with assistant managers Dexter Sneddon and Ben Wheeler and deputy manager Kelly Renshaw (l-r)
The Luminar Group has announced it is to spend £1m refurbishing its Oceana Bristol venue to create a nightclub which will become a 'blueprint' for the operator's entire estate.

Oceana Bristol celebrates its eighth birthday later this year and to celebrate Luminar is ploughing a million pounds into the venue to create an entirely new concept which will feature three nightclubs under one roof.

"Oceana Bristol is one of the UK’s most popular nightclubs, attracting 5,000 clubbers on a typical trading week," said general manager Ken Getgood, who has been at the club for six months.

"After eight successful years in the city it’s time to reward our loyal customers with an exciting, state of the art club that will literally have the wow factor, securing our title as the most prestigious venue in town," Getgood added.

Blueprint

Work on the nightclub, which is located within The South Buildings on the city's Canon's Road, will begin at the end of July and the club will re-open in September after only a short closure.

Among some of the biggest changes, two of the club's existing lounges will be combined into one large dance room. Thirty additional staff will be recruited, adding to the 100 already employed on site, in order to deliver 'high service standards' in the new club.

“Not only will each of our rooms be revamped featuring exquisite décor but they will also have new names to match their individual characteristics from glamorous and elegant to contemporary and high tech styling," said Getgood.

"We will also be installing the very latest sound and lighting systems with world class DJs and PAs appearing on a regular basis," he added.

The refurbishment is expected to create a club which will be a blueprint for the company's 53-strong estate of venues.

Speaking to BigHospitality earlier this year,​ Luminar chief executive and nightclub veteran Peter Marks said the company would refurbish more of its properties as a turnaround of the business is attempted.

"We’re pleased with our progress. We’re probably six months behind where we would like to be but this is not a one year turnaround programme - it’s a two or three year turnaround programme," he said.

The Luminar Group, which operates clubs under a number of concepts including Oceana, Liquid & Envy and Cameo, was rescued from administration by Marks, its former MD, in 2011.

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