City pool plan unveiled

Derby City Council is set to publish the next steps to progress Derby’s new swimming pool complex following a recent feasibility study.

In August 2018, the Council’s Cabinet opted to undertake an extensive study to look at increasing the size of the leisure water and making it more attractive to families.

The new plans for the old Moorways site on Moor Lane include a greater offering, increasing the leisure water by over 65%, and include a play structure elevation, two flumes, an exciting wave generating ‘wow’ ball, play structure, a multi-slide and a wave rider providing a more exciting and thrilling experience.

The enhanced leisure water area will provide more opportunities to families, with children aged up to 15 years catered for, rather than the previously planned age of up to 11. With these great additions to an already exciting project, this is the preferred option for the Council to pursue.

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Lead Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, explains

“The proposed enhanced leisure water really is a great addition and will give Derby a facility that will remain exciting for decades to come.

“The complex will ultimately change the leisure landscape of Derby for the better. I am incredibly enthusiastic about the variety of activities on-site, both in and out of the pool areas, with a gym, studios, café and soft play as well as the much-anticipated 50m pool providing a day out for visitors.

“These are excellent proposals and we look forward to delivering them.”

Nuclear R&D centre launched

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A vision to build a 65,000ft² R&D facility on Infinity Park Derby has been announced at the launch of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Midlands at the iHub on Infinity Park Derby.

The Nuclear AMRC is part of the UK’s High-Value Manufacturing Catapult aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry with a focus of the Derby centre being controls instrumentation especially in nuclear applications.

Speaking at the launch event, Chief Executive Officer of Nuclear AMRC, Andrew Storer outlined why Derby had been chosen as a location, starting with the opening of research facilities in the iHub. “Too much of the UK’s innovation sits on a shelf and we want to be part of turning this into applications.”

Also speaking at the event Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter declared “We are in this partnership for the long-term and have strong ambitions to build a major facility.”

Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing for Bondholder Rolls Royce plc made a strong case that productivity improvement can only come from a commitment to a continuous improvement culture, advanced manufacturing techniques and digital applications saying "Centres like this are ideal breeding grounds ...and give us the opportunity to be curious and ambitious about our future."

The launch follows the recent announcement that aerospace company Pattonair will be occupying a 125,000 ft2 new-build facility on Infinity Park

New hi-tech facility for Infinity Park

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A high-quality technology space to stimulate growth and support the city’s transport engineering supply chain sector at Infinity Park Derby has been announced by Derby City Council, with an investment of £19.3m, and aerospace company Pattonair is poised to lease the building upon completion.

Infinity Park Derby, is strategically located adjacent to the A50 and Rolls-Royce aerospace campus and will be home to the new facility. The new building will comprise an 80,000ft² warehouse, 15,000ft² of office space, with a further 30,000ft² of mezzanine offices within the warehouse. The Council has negotiated terms with the developers for the site, Infinity Park Derby LLP, and leading Derby based transport engineering supply chain company, Pattonair.

This proactive approach from the Council will help to realise the potential of Infinity Park Derby, act as a catalyst for growth and build upon the existing partnership the Council has with developers and landowners that has delivered the infrastructure at the site including Infinity Park Way.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said: “Derby is a world leader in transport engineering, and this is a fantastic opportunity for the Council to help grow and enhance the facilities we have within the city. This investment will continue to cement our commitment to innovation and growth.”

Pattonair has a long and substantial presence within Derby, operating from facilities with around 600 employees. The planned transition to a new purpose-built campus forms part of their 5-year strategy for growth, securing jobs and creating a stable future for aerospace engineering in Derby.

Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our plans for a world-class aerospace campus at Infinity Park. We are keen to work alongside Derby City Council as a partner in this exciting new chapter for Pattonair, delivering world-class service to our customers.

This new site covers 9.7-acres, doubling our operational facilities and allowing us the capacity to produce more and create new jobs. Should we get the green light, we aim to be operational during 2021.”

Leisure plans revealed

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Derby City Council is set to publish the next steps to progress Derby’s new swimming pool complex following a recent feasibility study. In August 2018, the Council’s Cabinet opted to undertake an extensive study to look at increasing the size of the leisure water and making it more attractive to families.

The new plans include a greater offering, increasing the leisure water by over 65%, and include a play structure elevation, two flumes, an exciting wave generating ‘wow’ ball, play structure, a multi-slide and a wave rider. This provides a more exciting and thrilling experience.

The enhanced leisure water area will provide more opportunities to families, with children aged up to 15 years catered for, rather than the previously planned age of up to 11. With these great additions to an already exciting project, this is the preferred option for the Council to pursue.

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Lead Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, explains

“The proposed enhanced leisure water really is a great addition and will give Derby a facility that will remain exciting for decades to come.

“The complex will ultimately change the leisure landscape of Derby for the better. I am incredibly enthusiastic about the variety of activities on-site, both in and out of the pool areas, with a gym, studios, café and soft play as well as the much-anticipated 50m pool providing a day out for visitors.

“These are excellent proposals and we look forward to delivering them.”

An extensive value engineering exercise has driven as much value as possible from the project. This has been carried out as construction packages went out to market and were returned over £4 million higher than was expected by our contractor. The current indicative costs for the original scheme sit at £35.8 million.

The total indicative costs for the enhanced leisure water facility along with the timeline for its construction will be available in the cabinet report in February.

Invest video launched

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A new video to promote the work done by the inward investment team at Marketing Derby has been released.

The Marketing Derby Annual Business Event, attended by 500 delegates, was a celebration of recent investments, achievements and future talent.

Marketing Derby showcased its approach to inward investment and the 'red carpet' tools it offers to investors and businesses alike. This activity has earned the inward investment agency recognition in the Financial Times fDi intelligence Strategy Awards 2018 as having the Best Investment Promotion Agency digital presence in the world, ahead of New York and Hong Kong.

Delegates were given a premiere viewing of Marketing Derby's new films including the Red Carpet Invest video, produced by AV-IT Media, which showcases recent investment stories, including Dedienne Aerospace, Annie's Burger Shack and BEAR Coffee Company.

Watch the video below

iHub success for Derby

Just months after celebrating its second anniversary, occupancy levels at the £12m iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park have passed the 94% mark.

Since it was launched in Autumn 2016, the 45,000 ft 2 facility has gone from strength to strength, attracting some of the biggest names in the automotive, rail and aerospace supply chain industries.

Regional, national and global businesses are taking advantage of the building’s strategic location on Infinity Park, the 100-acre manufacturing focused commercial and technology site. Tenants now include global aerospace giant Airbus; Altran, a world leader in engineering and R&D services; Composite Braiding, which specialises in thermoplastic composite braiding and VRCO, an advanced aviation company, which is hitting the headlines across the globe with the development of the world’s first British-made flying cars.

In February, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres (AMRC), one of the world’s leading manufacturing research institutions, is to set up home at the iHub while a new multi-million pound 50,000 ft 2 innovation facility is being developed on Infinity Park.

iHub, which has Enterprise Zone status, is strategically located close to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and within 15 minutes of OEMs including Bombardier, Toyota and JCB, with direct links to the A50 and M1.

The iHub provides high quality, flexible workspace for start-ups, early stage businesses and high growth SME’s looking to expand their role within the transport engineering and hi-tech sectors.

As well as offering 18 traditional office workspaces (from 127 ft 2 to 970 ft 2 ), the iHub provides 14 ground floor workshops for businesses seeking a more hybrid working environment. The state-of-the art workshops range in size from 375 ft 2 to 4,451 ft 2 and cater for a broad range of uses in a managed workspace environment.

Speaking about the success of the iHub since its launch two years ago, Councillor Matthew Holmes, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said: “The iHub is continuing to build on Derby’s reputation for developing and creating cutting-

edge technologies, particularly in the aerospace, automotive and transport industries. It reinforces Derby’s reputation as the UK ‘capital for innovation."

Alan Smith, head of economic growth at Derby City Council, added: “This demonstrates that there is strong demand for the quality of workspace and facilities and partnerships available at the iHub."

The iHub builds on the success of the hugely popular Connect Derby scheme, which has created a strong market for mixed use and sector specific serviced offices across the city at its six other buildings – Friar Gate Studios, Marble Hall, Riverside Chambers, Sadler Bridge Studios, Kings Chambers and Shot Tower.

Derby and Derbyshire is taking its largest-ever delegation to MIPIM in 2019

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The exhibition, which is held in Cannes, France, every year, will see a combination of public and private sector officials and members of the Marketing Derby inward investment team travel to promote the city and county to investors from across the globe.

This year’s event runs from Tuesday 12 March to Friday 15 March.

John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said: "MIPIM is an excellent opportunity to showcase Derby and Derbyshire to a global audience.

"We have had great successes in previous years with schemes conceived in Cannes and nurtured in Derby now forming part of the city’s skyline.

"Our team continues to go from strength to strength - the close collaboration, and support from our partners, is invaluable to our success."

As well as representatives from the city and county councils, Team Derby and Derbyshire will also include private sector support from headline sponsors The University of Derby and law firm Smith Partnership, as well as Justin Smith Architects, Faithful+Gould, Godwin Developments, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights and East Midlands Airport.

For the third year, Marketing Derby will join forces with other investment promotion agencies, councils and organisations to represent Derby and Derbyshire as part of the Midlands UK pavilion.

For further information about getting involved, meeting the team or finding out what events are taking place, please contact Katie Delve at katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk.

Landmark for city living

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Derby City Council has given backing to The Landmark, providing a significant boost to city living in Derby.

The gateway 17-storey building will bring 202 high-quality Build to Rent apartments to a vacant brownfield site in north Riverside having received provisional backing from the City Council Planning Committee.

The fully-funded £30m development will represent a welcome boost to city centre businesses with c.350 new residents using services and facilities.

Following lengthy negotiations, the application was determined last week, where Councillors overturned an officer recommendation for refusal, stating they are minded to approve the application subject to the applicant agreeing conditions.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby who spoke at the planning committee said: "We are fully supportive of the planning committee's decision and confident that the scheme will soon be under construction. People have been crying out for quality living options in the city centre and this will be a shot in the arm towards the vibrancy we all wish to see.. MD will continue to work with investors, selling Derby's case and helping them land successfully in the city."

Godwin Development's Managing Director, Richard Cornes said: "We are grateful for the support from Marketing Derby, the Chapter of Derby Cathedral and from major employers such as Rolls Royce, who have recognised what we are aiming to achieve in the city – a prestigious development which reflects well on Derby and brings more people to live in the city"

Derby top for millennials to start a business

Derby came second in the rankings for best city in the UK to start a new business if you’re a millennial, according to new research from online business print providers, instantprint.

The new ranking analysed the cost of living in the 20 biggest UK cities, along with average age, number of start-ups per 1,000 people, office prices, train reliability, recycling rates, superfast broadband availability, and the average price of a cup of coffee to produce the top ten.

All factors were selected based on research into what is important to the millennial generation and what challenges they may face in starting a business.

James Kinsella, chief executive and co-founder of instantprint, said: “As a millennial start-up company ourselves, we understand how daunting deciding where to set up your business can be – especially if you haven’t had much time in the workplace to build up capital resources and a great network of potential contacts."

2018 - A year in review

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As 2018 draws to a close, it is worth reflecting on some of the successes for the city of Derby.
The year opened with work getting underway on the multi-million pound conversion of Derby Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and UNESCO World Heritage Site, into a state-of-the-art Museum of Making, which is due to open in 2020.

Friar Gate Goods Yard, a major regeneration site in the city centre owned by CWC, also received a welcome boost with confirmation that Derby Cathedral School had chosen the site for a new secondary school.
February saw the welcome news that Derby City Council was pushing ahead with plans for 35,000 sq ft of speculative office space in the city centre, an announcement which was very well-received by a sell-out audience of international property investors and developers at the Derby Embassy at MIPIM. It was also revealed that St James’ Securities had been selected as the preferred bidder for the former Debenhams store, a scheme which would kickstart regeneration of the wider Becketwell area.

The return from MIPIM saw significant developments for city living in Derby, as a 105-unit BTR development received planning approval, whilst Godwin Developments unveiled plans for a 200-unit BTR scheme in the North Riverside area. Meanwhile, Infinity Park Enterprise Zone announced its newest occupier would be the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre which would establish a 50,000 sq ft base there.

A busy summer for Derby saw the handover of Agard Court by developer Jensco to the University of Derby, providing them with 244 purpose-built student flats. Work had also started on Prosperity Capital’s 320-bed Cathedral View, with a completion date due in 2019, and on King’s Crescent, a luxury Georgian-style crescent of c.40 apartments, with another 180 apartments submitted for planning in the Castleward area.

In the autumn, the University of Derby made a major announcement by unveiling plans for a conference centre, student village and new Business School. This accompanied the completion of a £200m upgrade of Derby Rail station and the submission of 800 new homes for planning at the Nightingale Quarter by BJD Investors and Developers. There was also plans for an urban village opposite Intu Derby whilst Kier Property Group and Next revealed plans for a 25,000 sq ft store at Kingsway, demonstrating confidence in Derby at a difficult time for the retail sector.

Follow Marketing Derby in 2019 to track the progress of these latest schemes and find out about other developments in the city’s pipeline.

Major new store set for Kingsway

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A public consultation has been launched by Kier Property Group on plans to transform part of the former Kingsway Hospital Site, on the west side of the city into a new Next store, restaurant and drive-thru coffee shop, which could provide up to 160 full- and part-time jobs.

The 2,415 sq m footprint Next store will replace the retailer’s current shops at Kingsway and Wyvern Retail Parks, alongside a 371 sq m restaurant, a 167 sq m coffee shop and drive-thru and a total of 207 car parking spaces.

The plans also include significant highways improvements, including widening the exit lanes from Kingsway Retail Park and the possibility of hosting one of Derby’s new e-bike hubs.

Dan Hyde, Senior Development Manager at Kier Property commented: “If the development is successful, we will look to widen the exit lanes for the Retail Park. What’s more, we are looking at greener ways to support the city and currently looking at how we can support cycling in the area. We look forward to discussing the plans with members of the local community to gain as much feedback as possible to assist with our proposals.”

Gary Robinson, Regional Estates Manager from Next added: “We have been looking to invest in a new Derby store for some time and the Kingsway location is the most appropriate. The new store will not only provide a better range of products for our customers, it will also create a better environment for our existing staff. We want to give the people of Derby the best of the Next store experience in what is going to be a top class building that is 100% relevant to the needs of the modern shopper.”

The Next store will feature homeware, café and click and collect, including Next’s ‘Express to Store’ collection service, alongside a fashion offer.

The consultation process will include a public exhibition about the proposals on Friday 30th

November from 3.30pm to 7.30pm in the Kings Highway Pub, Rowditch Place, DE22 3NH, with members of the development team on hand to answer any questions the local community may have.

A formal planning application will be submitted once feedback from the consultation has been analysed by the development team.

Rolls-Royce wins major new orders

Manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce has enjoyed a recent purple patch thanks to two major new orders.

Delta Air Lines has ordered Rolls-Royce’s Trent 7000 engines to power ten Airbus A330-900 aircraft.

The announcement brings the total number of Delta Air Lines Trent 7000-powered A330neos to 35, following an order for 25 aircraft in 2014.

Gil West, Delta Chief Operating Officer, said: “Expanding our A330 order book not only ensures that Delta’s near-to-medium-term widebody needs are taken care of, but also drives our strategic, measured international growth for the benefit of our employees, customers and investors. The next-generation engine technology from Rolls-Royce which powers the A330neo provides compelling operating economics, superior fuel performance and the range and coverage for our transoceanic needs going forward.”

Rolls-Royce has also signed a Trent XWB engine and long-term TotalCare service agreement with China Eastern Airlines for the airline’s 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

The agreement, worth over CNY10 billion (over US$1.1bn), is expected to be one of the largest deals announced at the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) taking place in Shanghai from in November.

Tang Bing, China Eastern Airlines, Executive Vice President, said: “The new A350 XWB aircraft will help China Eastern speed up our global expansion. The partnership with Rolls-Royce for engine and service supply will allow both the parties to benefit from each other’s advantages in terms of business scale, technology, development and cooperation, providing unparalleled experience to Chinese and international passengers.”

Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Customers, Civil Aerospace, said: “We are proud to have signed this service agreement with China Eastern, a much-valued customer, at such a significant event. Our industry-leading TotalCare solution will ensure the optimal lifetime performance of these world-leading engines powering the excellent A350 aircraft.”

800-home city living scheme unveiled

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BJD Investors and Developers have submitted plans for a revised Nightingale Quarter on the site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

After purchasing the site earlier this year, BJD were quick to outline their ambitions for the DRI, focusing on delivery of a high-quality residential neighbourhood. Plans have now been submitted which are expected to be determined at Planning Committee on the 14th February 2019. If successful, work will commence in August 2019, with the first homes available in autumn 2020.

James Dickens, founder of BJD, is excited by the opportunity provided by the site and believes the ambitious timeline is achievable following initial conversations with Bondholder Derby City Council and Marketing Derby. He said, “Derby City Council and Marketing Derby have been a pleasure to work with, their pragmatic approach and can-do attitude has been greatly received by us as a developer.”

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Two iconic Pepper Pot buildings still remain on the site and BJD have decided to make both buildings a key feature of the scheme. Other historical features of the site will be refurbished and restored, including the five villas opposite Hartington Street, following constructive consultation with the Conservation Officer.

James said, “Both pepper pots will be retained for community use such as cafes/gyms, exhibition space or visitor centres. We understand the sensitivity and importance of these local landmarks as the hospital played a pivotal role in the city and we want them to be enjoyed by all.”

The site is now expected to incorporate close to 800 new homes. Following consultation, BJD have decided against including retail on the site to ensure the Nightingale Quarter adds a sizeable economic benefit to businesses already established in the local area.

The Nightingale Quarter is also set to be labelled as a “green oasis” in the city centre, according to James. He said, “We have been working with Derby City Council’s planning team to create an environment which encourages an active lifestyle comprising cycle routes, promenades, open air gym fitness areas, children’s play areas and lots of substantial planting running through the main axis of the site. As a result we feel the scheme will have a much greater positive impact on the city than originally planned.”

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John Forkin, Managing Director of inward investment agency, Marketing Derby said, "This is an important step in bringing forward development of one of the largest city centre regeneration sites in the country. The Nightingale Quarter will be a desirable residential location in Derby city centre and, providing planning deadlines are met, should be developed at pace. I look forward to seeing this important part of Derby's past becoming a vital community asset for its future too."

“BJD have already made a commitment to long term investment in Derby by becoming a Marketing Derby Bondholder and we look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Bondholder Rigby & Co, who originally sold the site for the NHS to Nightingale Quarter Estates, then assisted in the sale to BJD. Russell Rigby, Managing Director of Rigby & Co commented: “BJD are an excellent fit for this site, they are all about delivery and the time is absolutely right to bring this site forward.”

All eyes on the ABE

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We know Christmas may just be round the corner but we're already looking forward to the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event 2019.

Held at Derby Theatre, we invite you to join us for a vibrant mix of films and presentations from special guest speakers at the city’s biggest business event of the year.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "We value the support of our Bondholders and kick off each year with some reflections, aspirations and a few surprises."

Jon Eno, Managing Director of Hot House Music, will be taking up the gauntlet in the 'Dare to Dream slot'.

This year’s event will be on the 18th January 2019 between 7:30am and 9:30am.

To book your place click here.

Office development lands in Derbyshire

CWC has transformed the former St Mary's nursing home in Ednaston, Derbyshire into a managed workspace scheme.

Located off the A52 between Derby and Ashbourne, Ednaston Park is a period property dating back to the 19th Century and nestled in 18 acres of landscaped gardens.

The building was purchased by developer CWC Group in September 2017 and has been the subject of a major refurbishment to turn it into modern office accommodation.

Ednaston Park will comprise of 32 hi-spec office suites which will be available as single or multi-office lets, located across two stories.

It will include kitchen and break-out areas on each floor. On-site parking is also available.

Lucy Delaney has been appointed business centre manager. Her brief will be to offer a professional concierge service and establish a strong business community, which encourages collaboration and networking between tenants.

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Ednaston Park will be managed by CWC Group, who have recently relocated their headquarters to Ednaston Park from Brailsford Hall.

Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Andrew Bock, director at the CWC Group, said: “There is currently no managed workspace provision of this quality in and around the Ashbourne area, which means that many small businesses may be having to work from home, or travel to other schemes in Derby and further afield.

“Ednaston Park will meet the growing demand from businesses looking for an alternative to city centre-based working and enable them to draw inspiration from this stunning location in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.

Lucy Delaney added: “I look forward to welcoming our tenants and supporting them however I can as they grow their businesses. It’s a privilege to set foot in this beautifully refurbished period property every day and I’m sure the businesses that join us here will feel the same sense of pride.

“This character accommodation is set in a unique rural location, close to all major road links. Having undergone extensive refurbishment, many of the magnificent period features remain and work effortlessly alongside new high-quality fixtures and fittings, creating a luxury contemporary feel.”

River cruises return to Derby

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A project to reconnect Derby to its river is being led by the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust in the first stage of a bigger project to develop the waterway into a major tourist attraction.

The first landing stage is to be installed close to Exeter Bridge from which a fully-accessible, electrically powered narrow boat will cruise a 2.5km route to the island near Darley Mills with the first cruises expected in summer 2019.

A future phase would create the Derby Arm – a boat lift that would lift boats out of the restored Derby and Sandiacre Canal in Pride Park and bring them down to the River Derwent. Locks would be built to make the river accessible where there are weirs, in the Lagoon at Riverside Gardens and at Darley Mills.

There are only two existing boat lifts in the UK, one of which, the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland draws 650,000 visitors per year.

The grant is being co-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through their £1.65m investment in Derby’s placemaking and public realm project. This aspect of the Connected Cycle City and Placemaking Project is to provide access to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. Derby City Council is providing £7,000 and the D2N2 LEP £48,000.

Director of Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust, Chris Madge said: “This is an exciting project and will help to reconnect Derby to the river and an important part of its heritage. It is also a vital first step to creating hundreds of new jobs, offering a more diverse tourism product that will be recognised nationally in conjunction with the revitalised Silk Mill Museum of Making and providing a catalyst for private sector investment. The canal restoration will also create a sustainable method of transport, whilst enhancing and protecting the natural environment.”

Leader of the Council councillor Chris Poulter said: “I applaud the trust for their foresight and keen interest in helping to enhance the offerings in Derby which will boost the local economy. We at the council are very pleased to support the trust in bringing the river back into use. This will open up the riverside for more local people to enjoy and help to create a vibrant Derby.”

Regeneration in Becketwell moves a step closer

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In a deal brokered by Rigby & Co and with support from Flint Bishop and Geldards as well as financial grants from D2N2 LEP, Derby City Council has completed the purchase of buildings within the Becketwell area of the City to enable it to be re-developed for regeneration.

Another seven properties in the Becketwell area have been purchased, as the Council continues its strategy to consolidate land for a holistic regeneration scheme of the downtrodden area.

The buildings on Colyear Street were once home to the Pink Coconut nightclub, the former Pennine Hotel/St Peters Quarter Hotel, the former Redemption Nightclub, the former Syn Nightclub and the former Mint Casino. Also included in the sale are the NCP St Peters Quarter multi-storey car park, surface level car park on Becket Street and Laurie House.

With a combined area of 65,337 square feet of land (6,070 square metres), this latest acquisition brings the total amount of land now owned by the Council in the Becketwell area to 204,730 square feet (19,020 square metres).

Leader of Derby City Council Cllr Chris Poulter said “This is a huge milestone as it opens up huge opportunities for a bigger impact of the Becketwell Regeneration Scheme.

“The purchase has taken us even further towards accomplishing two key objectives of our City Centre Masterplan. One is for a holistic regeneration scheme for this area and the second is to release publicly-owned assets for regeneration in partnership with private sector developers.”

House of Lords hosts Embassy

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Marketing Derby hosted its first joint Derby and Derbyshire Embassy event at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster attended by over 200 guests.

Investors, developers, dignitaries and business representatives from Derby, Derbyshire and London attended the event to celebrate the strength of the area's partnership working and its investment offer.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, who opened the event, commented: "Marketing Derby has been running these unique and innovative Embassies for over ten years. We started at the House of Commons and we are delighted to finally be at the House of Lords".

Event host Bishop Alastair Redfern former Bishop of Derby encouraged guests to work together and told them that real innovation comes from creative relationships and the spirit of confidence.

Messages of confidence also came from Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter who announced that with support from Flint Bishop, Geldards, Rigby & Co and D2N2 LEP, the Council had just completed the purchase of run-down buildings in the Becketwell area of the city to open it up for much-needed regeneration.

Echoing these sentiments from the City was Frank Horsley Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council who said: “Derby and Derbyshire share a fantastic identity, and we're a world class destination. I strongly believe we have a unique offer that makes us stand out from the rest for investment.”

Headline sponsor of the Marketing Derby Embassy, Pick Everard’s Managing Partner Duncan Green, who spoke about some of their recent successes said: “Building mutually beneficial relationships has resulted in the significant growth of our business. We’re seeing significant regeneration taking place in Derby - and across the region - and our relationship with the capital is continuously strengthened by this.”

William Cavendish, Earl of Burlington and Chancellor of the University of Derby announced the launch of a strategic partnership between the Chatsworth House Trust, the Devonshire Educational Trust and the University of Derby.

The partnership will generate new opportunities for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Bold step forward for Bold Lane

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Herts-based property developer, Jensco, has been named as the development partner for new city centre offices in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter.

Under the agreement, Derby City Council will sell the land to Jensco who will design and build 34,000 sq ft Grade A office space, designed to be let as a whole or on single floors. The Council will lease the property under a long-term lease agreement with an option to purchase the freehold at the end of the lease.

Derby’s Grade A office stock has been in short supply in recent years, providing a challenge businesses looking to grow in or relocate to the city. After initially planning to develop the scheme themselves, the Council decided to pursue a partnership approach with the private sector following successful discussions at MIPIM.

Planning documents have been submitted, with construction expected to get underway in early 2019.

Nigel Bobroff of Jensco said, “We are delighted to have been chosen to deliver a modern, vibrant and beautifully designed workplace of tomorrow for Derby City Council. The development of this environmentally focussed Grade A building will bring all the benefits of working in the city centre and deliver an inspirational destination building in a prime location.”

Jensco have a track record for delivering iconic buildings in Derby after completing work on Friar Gate Square and Agard Court this year, now home to the University of Derby Law School and a 244-bed student accommodation scheme.


Rolls-Royce teams up with rail giant

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Rolls-Royce is joining forces with Derby based Porterbrook, the largest owner of passenger trains in the UK, to launch the first hybrid rail project in the country.

Porterbrook owns more than 30 per cent of the UK rail fleet and invests in UK rail, both in purchasing new trains and other equipment as well as improving assets for use on the network.

Rolls-Royce and Porterbook have agreed the delivery of MTU Hybrid PowerPacks that can convert Class 168 and Class 170 ‘Turbostar’ DMUs from diesel-only to hybrid-electric operation.

The letter of intent, which was signed at rail industry trade show Innotrans, covers the delivery of hybrid systems for installation on two test trains.

Following trials, Porterbrook aims to offer hybrid conversion to a range of customers operating existing Turbostar fleets. The announcement comes after Derby-headquartered Porterbrook's profits jumped to nearly £90m during its latest financial year.

Mary Grant, Chief Executive of Porterbrook said: "Porterbrook is committed to reducing the emissions and carbon footprint of our existing diesel powered fleets.

"We hope our investment in this trial of MTU Hybrid PowerPacks will enable us to offer wider fleet fitment of this technology, so that our customers can reduce both emissions and operating costs, as well as improve air-quality along urban corridors.

"Hybrid trains have the added benefit of operating with very little sound when using battery power, offering additional benefits to the railway’s near neighbours.

"This is one of several initiatives that Porterbrook is undertaking to address the challenge, set by rail minister Jo Johnson MP, of removing diesel-only trains from the UK rail network by 2040."

Warren East, Rolls-Royce Chief Executive said: "We are pleased to be helping to write a new chapter of environmentally friendly, quieter and more efficient rail travel in the UK.

"With the innovative MTU Hybrid PowerPacks, Rolls-Royce and our partner Porterbrook will be setting new standards on the UK network; helping to reduce emissions, increase fuel efficiency and improve the lives of people who live near train stations."

The trains will be built at Bondholder Bombardier's Derby site and are expected to be delivered in 2021.