Derby’s plan to replace the Assembly Rooms moved a step closer this week when Derby City Council revealed two options now under serious consideration.
The first is a 3,000-seat music venue and the second, larger option, includes a 1,600 seat theatre in addition to the music venue, capable of hosting west-end productions.
Describing it as a 'game-changer' for Derby, Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council said: “The venue will bring footfall and spend into the city.”
Both options will mean the demolition of the Assembly Rooms, which closed following a fire in 2014. An application for first phase funding, including demolition and meanwhile use, has been made to the Local Growth Fund via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. The bid is now under consideration by the government.
The venue could cost up to £80m and is a key part of the wider City Centre Masterplan launched this summer. This includes replacing the Debenhams building and releasing disused sites currently under Council ownership, as well as investment into the city’s two markets.
Martin Rawson said: “Successful city centres are drivers of local and national economies and I want Derby to become known as a great place to live, work and play."