Bondholder the University of Derby's plans to redevelop two industrial buildings near its Markeaton Street site into fashion and textile workshops have now been approved by Bondholder Derby City Council.
The £3m plan falls as part of the University's £100m investment which also includes its £12m science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) building and its £10.8m sports centre at its Kedleston Road campus.
The development comprises two unused two-storey warehouses, a commercial unit and a private yard. The two buildings will be refurbished and the isolated warehouse will be demolished.
A statement said that the University had worked with the council "in a positive and proactive manner".