I have no vested interest here, but I'm not sure I'd call it astonishing jj. I think the issue here is that it's really a club, not a pub. Clubs often operate on a membership basis and if some can't afford - or get access to - a membership, they are likely to feel disenfranchised.
No-one can deny the effort that has been put in and clearly those who've contributed deserve to reap the reward. But you can't be surprised by people being put out (particularly when the build has been widely documented with a sense of anticipation and no prior advertisement of access restrictions - that I'm aware of).