A Brighter City

Bondholder The Derby Civic Society will be launching the “Steve Bloomer“ Blue Plaque on Friday 16th February at 12:30pm with the Mayor of Derby Cllr John Whitby (Patron), Cllr Martin Rawson and their President Don Amott.

Steve Bloomer played for both Bondholder Derby County Football Club and England and was a prolific goal scorer. This will be the 20th Blue Plaque launched by the Derby Civic Society, and will be presented at Paul Wallis Fashions Ltd, Steve Bloomers old school. 

This follows the presentation of the George Larkin Brighter City of Derby Awards 2018, which were held on 9th February, at St Mary's Church Social Centre. In the run up to the awards Derby Civic Society invite nominations for the best new buildings and the best restoration projects completed in the City within the previous calendar year. The Society’s judging panel then visits and awards certificates to the winners who are also presented with a silver salver on which their name is inscribed.

Winners included Bondholders Bean CaffeRobinson Structures, and newcomers to the city BEAR Cafe Company.


Elite Football Plan

Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects are working as part of the ‘Energy for Business’ funded programme to carry out a full assessment of the sustainability of the extension of the training facility at Bondholder DCFC’s Moor Farm.

Matthew Montague Architects have been working with DCFC for 12 years and more intensively since 2014 when the practice worked closely with the club to help them to achieve Category 1 status for their training academy.
The latest project is to further develop and expand the training facilities with a new full size pitch, futsal arena, café and changing rooms. Planning permission has been granted for the scheme.

These developments will make sure that DCFC retains its EPPP Category 1 status and remain as one of the elite clubs in terms of its academy and training facilities. EPPP is the Elite Player Performance Plan, which is a national scheme to develop young players.

As this is a new development, both Matthew Montague Architects and DCFC are keen to ensure that the new facility is as sustainable as possible.

Sustainable building technology is a rapidly evolving field and one in which many companies are investing due to the emerging necessity to address global warming. The potential benefits of this project are the development of an environment where the ecosystem of the area will seamlessly merge with that of the nearby neighbourhood.
The work will help DCFC to reduce the carbon footprint of Moor Farm. The energy performance assessments will undoubtedly reduce the buildings energy consumption, reducing fuel costs, making the facility more sustainable and reducing the environmental footprint of the whole project, respecting neighbours and the countryside surrounding the area.
Discussions are still being held with regards to timescales and actual dates for the work to begin.