Key sites ready to go

At yesterday's Derby Property Summit, Derby City Council's Strategic Director of Communities and Place, Christine Durrant, announced that three key Derby sites will be released to the market in September 2016 as part of the city centre masterplan.

The three sites are: the former local studies library and education department, Middleton House in St Mary's Gate; the Riverlights site; and Becket Well, including Duckworth Square. Derby City Council is also at an advanced stage in buying the former Debenhams building to make Becket Well an even more attractive plot to developers.

Christine talked about a new performance venue for Derby and the council's approach on the project thus far. Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader for Derby City Council, said: "We have been advised that the Market Place is the best site for a new performance venue, with additional facilities such as bars, restaurants and shops, to give us a focal city centre point."

He continued: "A new venue of this type would be a game-changer for Derby and would bring more inward investment, which is why we are selling off other sites to give us more money for inward investment."

Architecture students from the University of Derby also presented and spoke about their ideas for investment in Derby. Click below to see their work:

 

We have been advised that the Market Place is the best site for a new performance venue, with additional facilities such as bars, restaurants and shops, to give us a focal city centre point.
— Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader for Derby City Council