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.

Shopping centre contributes millions to Derby's economy

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intu Derby shopping centre contributed £233.4 million to the city’s economy in 2017.

This is according to a study by planning and development consultants Lichfield’s and came through employment, regional investment and business rates paid.

The research was carried out as part of a wider study by Lichfield’s, which aimed to measure the overall contribution intu-owned shopping centres make to the UK economy.

Over the past 12 months, the British retail sector has lost a number of big high street names. During that time, some shops in Intu Derby have shut but the shopping centre operator has been working to fill the vacant units left behind.

David Fischel, chief executive of Intu, which also operates shopping centres in Spain as well as the UK, said: “Our centres are not only great places for customers to shop, eat and enjoy themselves but provide engines for dynamic economic and social value.

“Every year we add billions to the economies of the UK and Spain through local investment, the jobs we generate and the taxes we, our tenants and employees pay.”

The Intu Derby shopping centre opened in October 2007. At the time, the centre was owned and operated by Westfield, which ploughed £340 million into the development.

In 2014, the centre was bought by Intu Properties and was re-branded as Intu Derby.

Today, it is home to a range of shops, including leading retailers such as Next, Debenhams, Sainsbury’s and M&S, a multi-screen cinema, a large food area and leisure attractions, including indoor golf and bowling. Intu Derby itself is also active in the community supporting a number of projects.

Alexander Nicoll, corporate responsibility director at Intu, said: “We are proud to operate centres, which are not just the nation’s favourite shopping destinations, but also the lifeblood of their communities.

“Intu is guided by its culture and values to create better lives for thousands of people living close to our centres by delivering new skills, employment and health and well-being initiatives - and this in turn generates local prosperity.”

180 apartments for Castleward unveiled

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Elevate Property Group has unveiled designs for 180 new apartments on Liversage Street in the Castleward area of the city centre. 

The developer has a strong track record of developing high-quality apartments in the West Midlands and are currently building Trent Bridge Quays in Nottingham. 

The images, released on to the Elevate Property Group website, show 180 apartments on the site of a currently vacant light industrial unit, and surface car park.

Hunter Page Planning, on behalf of Elevate Property Group, said: “The project seeks to re-ignite the regeneration of the Castleward area by providing a viable proposal for Plot C3 of the Castleward master plan

“It will create a development with a new mix of residential types to meet the demands of the area. It will deliver a sensitive new design of high quality that is appropriately scaled and detailed to its historic adjacent conservation area context.”

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John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "We welcome this development as Derby continues to see the popularity of city living. Castleward has been extremely successful to date, and we look forward to seeing another phase come forward, providing much needed homes and residents for Derby city centre.”

Nuclear advanced research centre to open

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One of the UK’s high-value manufacturing Catapults is to open a state-of-the-art research and innovation centre in Derby bringing the latest advanced manufacturing technologies not seen before in the city.

HVM Catapults are a network of seven partnerships between academia and industry tasked with transforming the UK’s productivity performance and to support high-value manufacturing in regions across the country.

This centre is being led by Rotherham-based Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC). It will base a small operation at Connect Derby’s iHub in Infinity Park Derby (IPD) while a larger 4,500m2 facility is being planned.

The government-funded NAMRC will be investing £3.5m and creating 18 new jobs in the next two years and will be adding another notch to Derby’s global reputation as the UK’s Number 1 city for innovation. Recognised to be at the heart of the country’s aerospace, rail and automotive sectors, Derby will now be adding nuclear research to its portfolio.

Subject to Cabinet approval, Derby City Council will be investing £331,000 over two years in the venue. The money is to come from existing funds in the Regeneration Capital Programme.

Of that amount, £160,000 is to carry out essential renovations to two workshops at the iHub to accommodate the not-for-profit operation while rent and service charge are being subsidised by £171,000 over the two years.

This project has evolved from a Memorandum of Understanding signed in April by the council, NAMRC and the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2 LEP) to collaborate within the region. The agreement outlined the commitment to work together to identify funding to create a new 4,500 m2 facility and to provide accommodation at the iHub in the meantime to establish new pilot technology demonstrator projects while the new facility is being developed. The regional centre will also collaborate with the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Derby.

Leader of Derby City Council Chris Poulter said: “This is a game changer for Derby with the introduction of national Catapult activities which put the city on the map for cutting edge nuclear research. This is just the first phase and we look forward to solidifying our relationship and working with them on the next phase.”

Chief Executive of NAMRC Andrew Storer said: “We are really looking forward to getting underway and are eager to build on both existing and new relationships within the region for collaborative working. Particularly we aim to support manufacturing industry and the wealth of SME’s in this region to capitalise on the latest advanced technologies.”

Chair of D2N2 Elizabeth Fagan said: “Derbyshire and the wider D2N2 LEP area has a history of and reputation for manufacturing excellence, but we’re always looking to the future. We’re investing heavily in Infinity Park Derby, as part of our Nottingham & Derby Enterprise Zone, to make it an attractive place for innovative companies to do business. This advanced manufacturing research facility onsite will add even more to what is on offer for businesses in the D2N2 area, enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to access leading technological expertise.”

City ‘University Zone’ planned

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A masterplan showing how a university zone will be created in the city is currently being drawn up by University of Derby.

University vice-chancellor Professor Kath Mitchell, who expects the plan to be publicly revealed early in 2019, said the blueprint for the institution's physical development follows the newly-published Strategic Framework, which plots the university’s development through to 2030.

Professor Mitchell is proud of the accolades the University has achieved and remains ambitious for both the university and the wider community in Derby.

She stated that any zone should have clear objectives, and although she did not want to reveal too much at this stage, she did mention a few teasers for the future.

Professor Mitchell said: “For example, we would like to see our Business School sited in the city centre. But what should it contain and where should it be to make sure it links up with existing business and the community?

“We have various buildings and parcels of land around the city but I would like to see a university zone developed that links us here at the Kedleston Road campus with the city centre.

“In fact I would like to see more zoning of the city as a whole into different types of activity which the university zone would slot into such as restaurants, retail and enterprise.

“We have buildings that we need to look at to see what benefit the community will have from their presence such as Britannia Mill in Mackworth Road.”

The Agard Street area is likely to be developed further as part of the university quarter as there is already a considerable student presence there, including the Law School and numerous halls of residence.

Professor Mitchell confirmed that a newly-acquired car park on Ford Street would also be playing a part in future plans.

Meet us at MIPIM UK

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Marketing Derby will be attending this year's MIPIM UK at London Olympia on 17th October 2018.

MIPIM UK is a UK version of the world's largest property conference held in Cannes each year in March, and provides a showcase for development and investment opportunities across the UK.

If you would like to hear about some of the exciting opportunities available in Derby and Derbyshire, please email Katie Delve at katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk to arrange a convenient time.

Derbyshire town best place to raise family in UK

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Ashbourne, the gateway to the Peak District, may be better known as a destination for walkers than a property hotspot.

But the historic market town, with a record-low crime rate and a landscape ready-made for summers of adventure, has been named the best town in the UK to raise a family.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, said "Quality of life has always been one of the biggest attractions for businesses and people in choosing Derby and Derbyshire as a place to locate.

"The city is very lucky to be surrounded by vibrant market towns such as Belper, Repton and Melbourne.

"To hear that Ashbourne is number one in the country is no surprise."

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New research by online estate agent Yopa has combined factors such as educational standards, GP ratings, crime levels, drug and alcohol abuse, quantity of green space and pollution levels to rank the top 10 family-friendly hotspots.

This study also takes in issues such as obesity levels, average salaries, job prospects and road safety, to find the most peaceful and nourishing locations to live with children in.

 

 

City office reimagined

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One of Derby's largest city centre office complexes, Cardinal Square, has recently received a comprehensive refurbishment from owner and Nurton Developments with help from fellow Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees.

Cardinal Square now offers a high-quality office accommodation environment ideal for private and public sector occupiers. Set around a central garden, the building comprises of blocks arranged on four and five floors, with spacious, modern accommodation available from 1,000 sq ft. and serviced offices for two people upwards.

In order to allow prospective occupiers to see the space's potential Cardinal Square asked Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees to create three Virtual Reality walkthroughs showcasing very different approaches to the same space.

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The thinking behind the innovative approach was to let prospective clients 'walk' around the office and encourage them to think about stamping their own corporate personality on the building.  

David Dyas, Asset Manager for Cardinal Square said: "Cardinal Square offers versatile floorplates, generous natural light and great outside space, and 360 degrees have now demonstrated what the offices can look like to great effect. The imagery promotes this iconic building and supports our ongoing programme to provide quality office and serviced office accommodation in Derby. It is well worth taking a closer look at Cardinal Square as it never fails to exceed expectation."

Howard Barnes, Design Lead of Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees said: "This is a great example of how VR technology and other cutting edge design tools can assist with the creative process. In this instance it allows a potential occupier to expand their thinking as to how the spaces at Cardinal Square could work for their particular organisation. 

"It allows us to experiment with layouts and interior design styles in a virtual environment; eliminating the risks of getting it wrong, and supporting a bolder and more visionary approach to how the space could work.  For us the best thing is that it helps to remove the prejudices that often colour a particular building – this exercise proves that Cardinal Square is capable of housing really inspirational workplaces."

Details of the space is available from bondholders FHP Property Consultants and Rigby & Co. who are jointly marketing the premises and would be pleased to discuss any occupier requirements.

Multi-million pound student accommodation scheme handed over

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A multi-million pound student apartment complex has been completed by Clegg Construction for developer Jensco on behalf of University of Derby.

The nine-storey high block, in Agard Street, stands at 26-metres tall and comprises of 244 bedrooms and communal areas.

There is provision for cycle parking outside, landscaping and pedestrian access points from Agard Street.

The accommodation is based next door to the University of Derby’s Law School, which is situated in the One Friar Gate Square building, also built by Clegg Construction.

Tram tracks and cobbles dating back to the 1800s have also been reinstated in Short Street, next to the building, after being carefully removed.

Photographs, site plans, survey data, a detailed report and measurements of the tram tracks and cobbles were used to reinstall them towards the end of the build in order to preserve part of Derby’s heritage.

Nigel Bobroff, Chief Executive of Jensco, said “Clegg Construction have done a fantastic job in delivering our latest development for the University of Derby, both on time and on budget.  It has been a pleasure to work with them again.”

The Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Chris Poulter said: “Working with Clegg Construction has presented an excellent opportunity for our local residents to access quality training, work experience and apprenticeship roles and they have gained skills that will help them to be able to compete successfully in the labour market and secure jobs.”

Simon Blackburn, Managing Director of Clegg Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been involved with two landmark buildings in Derby, One Friar Gate Square and the student flats complex next door.

New developer buys DRI site

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It has been announced that the eighteen-acre site of Derby's former DRI hospital has been sold to Nightingale Derbyshire Ltd, a new firm co-founded by Birmingham tycoon Grahame Whateley.

It came as a surprise as London-based First Urban had outline planning approval to build up to 500 home on the site which was cleared in 2015.

First Urban had agreed to buy the site once planning was agreed but were happy to let the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust negotiate with Nightingale Derbyshire Ltd when interest was expressed.

James Dickens, a co-director along with Mr Whateley, said more than one option was being explored: “We’ve worked up a couple of hypothetical schemes and we’re looking forward to discussing them with Derby City Council’s planning department,” he said last week, adding that they want to “build something special”.

The new investor has been welcomed by John Forkin, MD of Marketing Derby who said: "Cleared city centre sites of this scale are very rare and can be challenging in taking forward. 

"The investors behind Nightingale Derbyshire are credible, having worked in cities such as Bristol and Edinburgh.

"The DRI site has been empty far too long - it really should be a national exemplar - and we will work with the investors to support the business case for development."