Historic England Praises Cathedral Quarter

Historic England has hailed the Cathedral Quarter as an example for other cities to follow, following the hard work of the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District and Derby City Council

In 2009, Historic England found the Conservation Area to be ‘at risk’, but since then the area has seen significant regeneration and investment, and was recently awarded Best City Location in the Great British High Street Awards. 

Martin Langsdale, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter BID, said: “The Cathedral Quarter BID have been key partners in the heritage programme and agree that it has been a resounding success.

“The work on shopfronts in streets such as The Strand, Sadler Gate and Wardwick has greatly contributed to the overall vision of the Cathedral Quarter, helping to make it a destination of choice for visitors and attract quality new businesses into key properties.

“The overall look and feel of the area was a significant reason why the Cathedral Quarter was named ‘Best City Location’ at last year’s Great British High Street awards.”

Louise Brennan, Planning Director for Historic England in the East Midlands, said: “We’re delighted that Derby city centre’s conservation area is no longer at risk.

"In fact it now sets an example for other cities to follow.  It shows how, with care and attention, the character of a city’s streets can be used to unleash an economic revival.

“The last eight years have seen a transformation in the Strand, Wardwick, Sadler Gate and nearby streets. The quality of the new shop fronts is outstanding, and we’re proud to have played a part with Derby City Council and owners in their refurbishment.”

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: “Derby City Council has relished working with Historic England over the last eight years to bring back so many historic buildings to their former glory.

"This has not only enhanced the attractiveness and uniqueness of Derby city centre but has also directly contributed to supporting the local economy where many of the streets, including The Strand and Sadler Gate, have achieved 100% occupancy."