A NEW entertainment and dining complex will "breath life" back into a town centre’s nightlife, say its owners, as it opens following major renovations.

The Q Lounge, based in St Peter Street, has undergone a major redevelopment after the former Switch nightclub closed in 2019.

The building has stood empty since it was run as Code nightclub, which closed just 11 days after opening. 

Renovations began in 2019 and three years on owners said they were delighted to have finally completed the £550,000 transformation in "the heart of Blackburn".

The venture is set to create 60 jobs both in full-time and part-time roles, with the venue open from midday till midnight at seven days a week.

The venue includes a halal food diner, a non-alcoholic bar, an arcade gaming area, three Playstation rooms, snooker and pool rooms and a private function suite. There is also an open terrace on the second floor. Q Lounge will be open from 12pm till late when it is officially launched in early June.

The interior has kept some of the features of the old nightclub, with a wide-open entrance and ground floor space. 

There is a small prayer area as well as an ablution area for visitors.

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Both floors of the building were completely gutted

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A spokesperson for the venue, Adeel Ahmed said: “It is great to be opening to officially opening to the public for the first time.

“This is a major building in the heart of Blackburn and we hope to be offer something for everyone.

“We have already had a lot of interest for the pool and snooker rooms and the private functions rooms from guests.

“The ground floor diner features pizzas, burgers and desserts.

“During the weekends we will be open till 3am.”

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The impressive ground floor bar area and kitchens will serve meals and drinks throughout the day

The interior of the building, which is based off Darwen Street, was completely gutted when work began on August 1, 2019.

Adeel added: “Work has been continued through the pandemic but we had to stop on occasions due to supply issues.

“It has been a lot of hard work by a hard-working team and we are delighted with bringing this part of the town back to life.

"We would like to thank to Mohsin Miah of Bolton for his contribution in the planning and designs. He sadly died to Covid half way through the project.

"And special thanks to Urban Future Planning for helping to conclude the project."