Richard Carr in the Archives: Battle for Cage and Zoo

Richard Carr operated in the nightlife economy for a number of years, owning and running a variety of nightclubs and bars. He also created the hugely popular ‘Slinky’ brand, which saw huge events hosted across the globe with some of the world’s biggest DJs.

Carr wins Cage and Zoo battle

Richard Carr Battle for Cage and ZooRichard Carr made the front page headline of the 1992, March 3rd edition of the Evening Echo after the police dropped their objections to his £2million nightspot.

He won his battle to build one of the country’s biggest nightclubs in Bournemouth despite the Police’s fears that it may lead to trouble in the streets.

However, Bournemouth magistrates gave Richard Carr the go-ahead to create the 2,000 capacity club in the town centre. Although the police had dropped their objections they told the court that if trouble ensued, they would object to the club renewing its operating licence.

A £2million project

Richard built the club on the site of the existing Zig Zag and Clouds clubs in the Glen Fern and Fir Vale Road area. It was the biggest nightspot on the south coast and held about 300 more than Carr’s ‘The Venue’ nightclub in Poole.

Police dropped their objections having heard that Richard Carr would drop its terminal hour to 1am. It allowed for Richard to create a nightclub with a capacity of 1,955 – twice the combined size of Clouds and Zig Zag.

Richard had fought hard and had to compromise to get his project underway and despite giving their go ahead, the police had not entirely removed their fears, stressing that they would keep a “watchful eye” on the nightclub.

About Richard Carr

With over three decades of experience in the Leisure and Hospitality sectors, Richard Carr has developed a broad range of skills and qualities.

Furthermore, he is widely regarded in the UK leisure industry as being one of the most innovative operator, having won many accolades. Has a very fertile imagination and a passion for architecture and design.