An historic student pub in Birmingham is set to call last orders for the final time to make way for a new multi-million pound swimming pool and sports centre.
The Gun Barrels pub in Selly Oak will close its doors next month after decades of serving beer to students and residents alike.
The watering hole, in Bristol Road, will be bulldozed and replaced by a £11 million 50-metre swimming pool and sports facility being built by the University of Birmingham.
It forms a part of a major £175 million plan to re-develop the university’s main Edgbaston campus, which will also see the creation of new library facilities, student accommodation and staff car parking.
The existing Munrow Sports Centre, opened in 1963 and which includes a 25-metre pool, will also be demolished – although the adjacent athletics track will be retained.
It marks an end of an era for the Gun Barrels.
The pub is believed to have been named in honour of a nearby gun-making factory in Bournbrook run by Westley Richards, which has since moved to Pritchett Street in the city centre.
The current building – affectionately dubbed “the Gunnies” by locals – was built in the 1970s, replacing a historic pub on the same site and has been run by the Stonegate Pub chain for the last 15 years.
Manager Stefan Sroczynski posted details of the closure, set to take place on May 28, on social networking website Facebook.
He said: “Myself and the staff were hoping this day would never come but unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, it finally has.
“It is with great regret and sadness, I can now inform you that the Gun Barrels will close its doors for the final time.
“I’d like to thank all the current and former staff for all their hard work over the years, but most importantly, I’d like to thank all the customers who have supported us time and time again.
“The pub has so much history, and in its prime was one of the flagship student pubs in the UK.”
He said the pub hoped to organise a special event to mark the closure of the premises.
It comes after more than 300 students attended a “fab and farewell Gunnies” night earlier this year as news filtered that it would close its doors.
David Franklin, president of the university’s Guild of Students, added: “The pub has been a favourite for socialising and a staple amongst student outings since time immemorial.
“There will be many students who will sadly miss the historic pub when it closes.
“However, the site will be replaced by an outstanding multi-million pound sports facility which will serve both the student body and the local community.
“This is one of those sentimental times, where we are out with the old and must now embrace being in with the new.”
A spokesman for Stonegate Pubs, which also runs The Goose and Bristol Pear in Selly Oak, said it was sorry to see the business close.
He added: “Where possible, staff will be re-located to other Stonegate businesses.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the university, said the new pool was set to open next year.
Work will start on the new sports centre in May and it is anticipated to open in 2015.
Ian Barker, director of estates at the university, said: “The work that we are undertaking to open-up the campus and develop a new sports centre and library will significantly improve the quality of the campus environment.
“The new buildings will provide the highest quality facilities for students, staff and the local community, and form an important part of our drive to make the university more environmentally sustainable.”