THE future of an iconic nightclub at Basildon’s Festival Leisure Park is hanging in the balance after its parent company called in administrators.

Unit 7, Basildon’s largest remaining nightclub, has been popular with party-goers since it opened in 2015.

The building has been used as a nightclub since Festival Leisure Park opened back in 1997.

The future of the club is now uncertain after its parent company, Rekom UK, confirmed it has appointed administrators.

As a result, all 35 of the companies clubs and late night bars across the UK are at risk of closing unless a rescue package can be secured.

The firm is yet to announce any decision on specific clubs and their futures.

Craig Rimmer, Conservative councillor responsible for economic stimulus and tourism, admitted it is a possibly Unit 7 could close after administrators were closed.

But he remains hopeful another business will save the club.

He said: “It is a shame that a much-loved club may close.

“Covid has hit a lot of businesses, but the economy has returned to normality.

“So, I am hopeful another business will save club.

“My thoughts are with the staff and the council stands ready to help them get new employment if needed.”

Mr Rimmer is highly aware of the impact administration can have, after the difficulties faced by Basildon’s new town centre cinema.

Once construction was complete, Empire Cinema fell into administration and the council has been on the hunt for a new firm to run the large cinema ever since.

REKOM UK admitted the last 12 months had been “extremely difficult” for the late-night sector due to rising costs, and with the “combination of the cost-of-living crisis”.

The popular nightclub replaced The Sky Bar which officially ceased trading in 2010 after being closed by the police and the council.

A spokesman said: “As you know, REKOM UK appointed administrators last week to review its business.This work is still ongoing, and plans are not 100 percent confirmed.

“We will be in touch later this week as soon as we have further clarity.”

Unit 7 was contacted for further comment but did not respond.