The future of a landmark town centre building has been cast into doubt after it went up for sale for more than £1million.
A former church hall and now home to Bedford’s Vibe nightclub the imposing building in St Peters Street is being marketed by Robinson and Hall.
Offers in excess of £1million are being sought for the three storey building, which was built around 1910.
Bedford historian, town tour guide and member of Bedford Architectural, Archaeological and Local History Society David Fowler said: “It would be a disaster for it to be knocked down and replaced by a block of flats.
“We would be battling to make sure that didn’t happen. It is part of the old street scene.”
The sellers are offering the building as a tenanted or vacant property depending on the buyer’s preference, which leaves a question mark over the nightclub’s future.
Mr Fowler revealed that the building - built in grand Victorian Baroque style - was originally built as St Peter’s Parish Church Hall but was converted into a nightclub in 2000. The original architect was Kensington Gammel and the rear of the premises was a Victorian school hall.
Mr Fowler said: “Plenty of people will remember there was a shop either side of the main entrance. On the left hand side there was Mrs Gedge’s antique shop.
“At the back in the right-hand boundary wall there is a stone that says St Peter’s Church Estate Boundary Wall 1854.”
Robinson and Hall were not available to comment on the property at the time of the T&C going to press.
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There was outcry when the neighbouring Granada Cinema, just a few doors way in St Peter’s Street, was demolished in 1991 to make way for a Lidl.
The building - a venue where the Beatles once played - held many fond memories for the people of Bedford.
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