Bamfords eyes move to former snooker club after flooding nightmare

    A well-known auction company in Derby hit by flooding problems is hoping for a major break-through by moving into a former snooker club. Planning documents sent to Derby City Council state Bamfords Auctioneers is at the top of the “cue” to move into the former McCluskeys Snooker Club in Nottingham Road, Spondon after suffering major flooding within the past few years.

    It is hoped planning approval of the venue will keep the company in Derby. Documents state the Spondon venue has stood empty for at least a few months but, if plans are approved, it could be set for a new lease of life. There were plans to reopen the venue as a snooker club earlier this year but it appears this has failed to materialise.

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    Bamfords is currently located at Checkers Road near Pentagon Island and the A52 but the company is now seeking “more sustainable, flood-resilient premises” which will help “secure their long term future within Derby”. Their current home has featured in famous TV shows with former Bargain Hunt host David Dickinson making a special visit in 2018.

    The auction firm has been seeking changes since November 2019 when the site suffered severe flooding “causing substantial financial and reputational damage” to the company. Bamfords then formally began the process of searching for new premises.

    The former McCluskeys Snooker Club in Spondon could be set for a new lease of life
    The former McCluskeys Snooker Club in Spondon could be set for a new lease of life

    In February 2022, another severe flood warning was issued for the site although the flooding was not as bad as in 2019. Planning documents state Bamfords has struggled to find suitable alternative premises in Derby and was in the process of relocating to Mansfield before the former snooker club site in Spondon became available. Bamfords is keen to remain in Derby as it has done for the past twenty years.

    The plans are to retain the building’s existing structure in its current capacity but redevelop internally to accommodate the needs of the business. The new site would employ 15 members of staff who currently work at the Checkers Road site. The proposed opening hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm.

    Derby City Council hopes to make a final decision on the plans by the middle of August. However dates may be subject to change.

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