Assembly Rooms plans progressed


Members of the public and stakeholders have been invited to have their say on the proposed plans to transform the Assembly Rooms into a vibrant new cultural venue in the city centre.

Derby City Council held a period of stakeholder/ public engagement sessions in May on the emerging designs for the Assembly Rooms with the public encouraged to comment on the proposed designs and also suggest the types of shows, performances, and acts they would like to see in the venue in the future.

The engagement period marks a major milestone in the project to reopen the city centre venue which has been closed due to a fire in 2014. A planning application is expected to be submitted in the summer.


The Council has appointed Perfect Circle to design the new Assembly Rooms, which has a successful track record of delivering projects across the UK, having delivered the 900-seat Leicester Haymarket Theatre.

The proposed plans to transform the venue include retaining and enhancing the architectural features of the outside of the building which give it its distinctive look, while at the same time transforming many of the public areas to maximise space and to ensure it is a venue fit for the 21st century.

The transformation will include creating new commercial and food and beverage units onto the Market Place, as well removing the current ‘fins’ on the first floor of the venue which act as a visual barrier. On the first floor new floor to ceiling glazing will also be installed to draw the public’s eye into the Assembly Rooms and providing those in the bar with views out onto the Market Place – an opportunity for the public to see Derby’s Market Place from a new and uninterrupted angle.