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New city centre gallery

Bondholder David Brown Commercial has agreed the sale of the former Laura Ashley retail unit in Derby city centre to fellow Bondholder Artcore for a new gallery.

Zahir Shaikh, Artistic Director from Artcore commented “Acquiring our new city centre location has been a landmark achievement for Artcore. We will be transforming the space into a modern gallery to showcase contemporary art exhibitions and host local, national and international exhibitions. We will provide artist residency spaces to support local talent, create maker and artist studios, have an experiential space for art workshops and a creative cafe where local creatives can meet. Finally, there will be a retail space for local makers to sell their products.

The prominent unit occupies a corner position at Osnabruck Square and benefits from large open plan ground and first floor retail areas with ancillary accommodation and a substantial return glazed frontage.

Michael Green, Surveyor from David Brown Commercial commented “We are delighted to have found a purchaser for the former Laura Ashley building, particularly an organisation such as Artcore who have massive plans for the property and the local area.”


CQ's new dining room

Bondholder David Brown Commercial has re-let a former award-winning city restaurant premises on Friar Gate.

121 Friar Gate is owned by fellow Bondholder Morgan Industrial Properties and has now been let to ‘The Dining Room’ - a new and exciting independent restaurant. Head chef Simon Bates has 19 years’ experience as a chef and, together with his wife Claire, has put together a menu comprising classically contemporary dishes, focusing on the best of local and regional British produce.

David Brown, director of David Brown Commercial commented: “We are delighted to complete this letting to Simon and wish him and Claire every success. Friar Gate is the established leisure circuit in Derby city centre and is where national and independent bars and restaurants cluster. The area is characterised by a number of fine period buildings which provide characterful space for food and beverage users."

Simon Bates, of The Dining Room commented: “We were eager to find an opportunity to secure premises in the city’s entertainment district that are perfect for the delivery of our vision and 121 Friar Gate is ideal. We offer a warm welcome to all customers – familiar and new – to come and experience The Dining Room."

The property was formerly home to Terroir Bistro, voted Derby Restaurant of the year in 2018 in the Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards.