Jewellery Quarter residents have celebrated the closure of a nightclub which had forced some to check into hotels to escape the noise emanating from it.
Neighbours claimed TRMNL, on Vyse Street, was playing loud music until 6am, despite them thinking it would be a restaurant when it opened late last year.
The venue, housed in a listed Victorian factory and featuring original drop forge machinery, closed after it was served with an injunction banning it from opening after 11:30pm.
Coun Carl Rice (Lab, Ladywood) said TRMNL had shown “complete and utter contempt for laws and regulations and for common decency” in operating as a nightclub despite only having planning permission for a restaurant. He described the decision as a great victory for people living in the city centre.
But TRMNL promotions manager Will Power said the venue had a late night bar and restaurant licence, similar to city centre venues such as Mechu on Summer Row and Sobar in the Arcadian Centre.
He said the venue had tried to cooperate with the council and had offered to install more soundproofing when it was in a financial position to do so.
Marie Haddleton, president of the Jewellery Quarter Association, which represents businesses and residents, welcomed the closure.
“The noise was so bad you could almost see the pavements moving,” she said. “A lot of the residents were moving out of their flats and going to stay in hotels.”
“But the club not only created a noise nuisance, it was the vomit and the peeing through letter boxes that was a problem. It wasn’t nice.”
She said the venue would have been an obstacle in the Jewellery Quarter achieving World Heritage status, which it is in the process of applying for.
“We can’t do that if we have got these kinds of things going on,” she said.
Jewellery Quarter resident James Allan said people were unhappy about the club’s owners not consulting them about the fact the building was going to be used as a nightclub.