Derby City Council

Kedleston Road apartment bid

A planning application has been submitted to Bondholder Derby City Council for a proposed development in a popular residential area on Kedleston Road.

The proposed scheme comprises a new four storey brick building encompassing 14 two bedroom apartments ranging in size from 69 – 74 square metres.

The proposed development will be of a similar height to the neighbouring dwellings. The apartments will each have two double bedrooms and two bathrooms to make them appealing to a wide range of potential occupants.

Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects said: “The proposal seeks to create a sustainable development not just in terms of carbon footprint but also by providing an attractive and safe environment for an integrated community.

Generous and flexible living spaces enjoying good day-lighting and privacy levels will make for a high quality of life, encouraging residents to remain and promoting a stable and familiar community."

A planning decision is expected at the end of January.

Attracting Chinese tourism

The tourism team at Bondholder Derby City Council is working in partnership with Hino Travel, to help increase visitor numbers to Derby and Derbyshire.

This is the result of the relations that the team have been building over several years with Hino Travel, an international Chinese travel agency and the second largest inbound travel agent in the UK.

Between January and August 2018 Hino Travel sent 46 Chinese groups of tourists and students (758 people in total) to Derby and Derbyshire.

Chatsworth House, Mayfield Alpacas and Bluebells Ice Cream Farm were popular attractions in 2018, with Royal Crown Derby and Buxton in the Peak District already appearing on itineraries for Chinese tourist groups in 2019.

Yu Zhang, Deputy General Manager of Hino Travel said “Derby and Derbyshire have so many great attractions for visitors and we look forward to bringing Chinese groups to more great attractions in Derby and Derbyshire in 2019.”

An overnight visitor is worth approximately £165 to the economy of the area and a day visitor is worth £54.

Stella Birks, Visitor Services Development Manager said “We continue to work with tour operators to build awareness of the great products we have to offer to Chinese visitors. This is a great opportunity for Derby and Derbyshire to increase visitor numbers in the short term and also establish a pattern of popular attractions that independent Chinese visitors will want to follow for longer term growth.”

New Cathedral Green offices

Derby City Council has announced plans for 37,500 sq ft of Grade A riverside office development.

Situated alongside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the world’s first factory, the Silk Mill, One Cathedral Green will include a 12,500 sq ft regional headquarters for Unite the Union.

The scheme is expected to cost £9 million and create 180 new jobs in addition to those safeguarded at Unite the Union. It will include basement car parking and be completed by Autumn 2020.

Derby City Council will be working in partnership with Wilson Bowden who have owned the site since 2014. An operator for the managed workspace has been identified and details will be announced in due course.

The building is expected to provide Grade A workspace for companies looking for a city centre location. Grade A space has been in short supply in recent years, so this development is expected to be extremely popular.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said, “There is a need for larger office spaces in the city centre. This new model of office development will enable businesses to grow, attract new occupiers and enable commerce to thrive.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said, “We welcome this development which will help to meet demand for high quality office space in the city centre. An increase in the number of people working at One Cathedral Green will have a positive impact on the economy and vibrancy of the city centre.”

House of Lords Embassy celebration

Marketing Derby hosted its first joint Derby and Derbyshire Embassy event at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster in October to celebrate the strength of Derby and Derbyshire.

Two hundred guests from the city and county joined London ambassadors and to hear from speakers including the Earl of Cavendish about connections with the capital.

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.

This year Marketing Derby were especially delighted to receive the support of headline partner Pick Everard and associate partner Burnthebook.

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 Horsely 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.

Click here to view our exclusive MDTV film report on the Embassy.

Partnership critical to city's future

Carole Mills became the first female Chief Executive for Bondholder Derby City Council when she joined at the beginning of August.

Carole joined from Milton Keynes Council where she held the role of chief executive in 2014. Before that, over a 16-year period, she held senior strategic roles at metropolitan and unitary councils including Walsall and Nottingham City.

• What are your first impressions of Derby?

Derby is a great city. There are areas of historic charm, thriving businesses, beautiful green spaces, and some excellent bars and restaurants. The city also has a very passionate population; Derby people clearly love Derby. There are also some really exciting projects on our agenda as a place.

• What is your aspiration for Derby?

We have some fantastic people working at the Council who are committed both to public service and the city, and it’s a privilege to be here and working as part of Team Derby. I want to ensure that Derby City Council is focussed on doing all it can to optimise opportunities for Derby, its citizens, businesses, visitors and other stakeholders.

That said, there are challenges and issues to resolve, and I believe it’s important to tackle them head on, so that will be a priority for me.

• What is your impression of how Derby’s business community shapes the city?

I’m struck by the excellent partnerships we have between businesses here; the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Visit Derby, the University of Derby, Derby Renaissance Board, Marketing Derby and its Bondholders, of course, and others - all working together with the Council and local businesses, uniting and acting as a force for positive change in the city – it’s very inspiring.

Of course we have the industrial giants who have roots in the city and its heritage, like Rolls-Royce, but there are also many small- and medium-sized enterprises that really make Derby and the communities they work in.

I’ve already been out and about – starting to meet with partners and business leaders, and there’s a clear sense of pride in everyone I’ve met; not only in their own businesses and Derby of course, but also within the communities they sit in and the people they work with. I’m looking forward to working with as many people and businesses as I can.

• What role do you see the Council playing in helping to shape the city?

Working effectively with partners is critically important as is making the right connections within the city and beyond – regionally, nationally and internationally. No local authority is an island and, in the best places, you have the public, private and voluntary sectors working together in partnership.

Our success will be maximised when people, businesses and communities are empowered and working together for the good of the city.

The council has a unique role in making and enhancing those connections and brokering the right kind of involvement at the right time.

• What has been the ethos underpinning your career?

I have very strong values – work hard, do the right thing, listen, communicate, make things happen and be kind. I’m very much a people person and enjoy building effective, multi-disciplinary teams. To make things happen, you need people working together; no one can go-it alone. I’ve never shied away from the difficult conversations, challenging others where that’s required or taking appropriate risks.

• What has been your proudest achievement of your career?

It would have to be establishing the concept of the MK Futures 2050 Commission which, following extensive engagement with city stakeholders, culminated in the creation of a long term vision for Milton Keynes to continue to grow and prosper. Their incredibly well-received report ‘Making a Great City Greater’ set out six big projects –growth and strategy; a new university; learning and skills; smart, sustainable mobility; renaissance CMK and the creative, cultured city and will take MK forward in a very positive way.

• Tell us one thing that not many people know about you.

I’m a very open person, so nothing much to tell on this one. I do love foreign travel and am a keen photographer, having visited around 50 countries so far.

20th Anniversary marks importance of twinning

20th Anniversary marks importance of twinning

Representatives from Marketing Derby, Bondholders the University of Derby and Toyota as well as the region’s City, County and District councils joined government ministers and MPs in Westminster this week for an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning of Derbyshire and Toyota City.  

Raising Aspirations

Bondholder and creative agency Burnthebook has completed a brand design project with Year nine engineering students at Derby Moor School in Littleover.

Burnthebook is part of the Derby City Enterprise Adviser Network, led by fellow Bondholder Derby City Council, to help young people develop employability skills and inspire their future career choices. 

The company is also a Cornerstone employer - working as part of the Derby City Council and D2N2 programme to tackle social mobility under the city’s status as an Opportunity Area.

Students at Derby Moor were supported by the creative team at Burnthebook to develop the branding and packaging for a health drink.  They then pitched their products in a 'Dragon's Den' style presentation with the winning team awarded by the company with £50 vouchers and £25 each for two runners up.

Burnthebook Director Jackie Clarke explained: “As a Cornerstone employer and part of the Careers Enterprise Network, we were keen to work with Derby Moor Academy both for the benefit of the students and for our creative team here as part of their professional development."

Jacqui Kinch, Enterprise Coordinator for Derby City, said: “Bringing employers into the classroom helps students make the link between the between the relevance of what they do in lessons and how this contributes to employment opportunities.  The ultimate aim is to raise aspirations and in doing so improve attainment."

If any other Bondholders would be interested in developing a curriculum project with a local secondary school please contact Jacqui Kinch, Enterprise coordinator for Derby City Council,

Equaliteas in the workplace

Bondholder University of Derby recently supported Pauline Latham OBE, MP for Mid-Derbyshire as she hosted an 'Equaliteas' event to remember and celebrate how women's rights have changed in the 100 years since voting rights were extended to women for the first time.  

Following a welcome of tea and cake guests were inspired by talks from female speakers including Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Affairs for Bondholder University of Derby, Anna Ince, Chief Executive Officer for Bondholder and rail technology company Resonate, Georgia Vicars who is Project and Account Manager at Bondholder Fluid Ideas as well as Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, an award-winning human rights campaigner and Jacci Woodcock who spoke about her Dying to work campaign.

Within her empowering speech Judith Lamie said "Education is a powerful tool that will enable us to overcome inequality and we must keep on ensuring fair and full opportunity for all to access education so that we realise a place of working and living in an equal society."

Georgia Vicars who talked about the need for more women in technology based roles said "I was really honoured to be asked by Pauline Latham OBE MP to talk at her Pankhurst and Equaliteas Tea Party. It was an incredibly tough act to follow, following Judith, Jasvinder, Anna and Jacqui, all sharing such inspiring stories. Everybody who attended left the event feeling extremely empowered, myself included!"

Following the event a wreath was laid in the Derby City Council's Council House to mark in memory of Emmeline Pankhurst, a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement which helped women win the right to vote.  The wreath was also to remember Alice Wheeldon, Derby's own suffragist who was recently honoured in the Made in Derby walk of fame.

Bondholders join forces

Bondholders showed their support for Derbyshire Constabulary when they joined forces with Normanton and Rosehill Safer Neighbourhood Teams to hold a children’s sports event in Derby’s Arboretum.  
Last week, the policing teams came together with Business in the Community’s business connector, Bondholders Derby Community Trust, Derby College, East Midlands Airport and Rolls-Royce as well as PAK foods, Sainsbury’s and ASDA to hold a sports event for local school children.

The event, attended by Derby City Council’s Mayor, Mike Carr, was held with the aim of giving young people a positive experience with the police.

Sergeant Donna Abbott, who is in charge of the teams, said: “The area that the teams police in this part of Derby is very diverse.
“We are always looking for different ways of engaging with the different communities to give people the confidence to be able approach us when they need us. It is important that when they need our help people feel confident to come to us and events like this help to break down any barriers that may exist.

Sara Mitchell, Derby business connector at Business in the Community, added: “This is a brilliant example of organisations from different sectors in the local community achieving great things by working together. 

“It is wonderful to see businesses, police, community organisations and the education sector collaborating to increase community cohesion. A fantastic example of what the responsible business model looks like in action. 

Pall Mall Embassy Success

Marketing Derby hosted its 30th Derby Embassy at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London this week.

The Derby Embassy is part of Marketing Derby’s annual calendar of events in London.  As a key target market to raise the profile of Derby in the capital it is an opportunity to gather local ambassadors, business leaders, key stakeholders together with investors and developers who are looking to be part of Derby’s future landscape.

Embassy guests heard from the Leader of Derby City Council, Chris Poulter at his first Embassy event since taking over the leadership role, as well as hearing from law firm and Embassy partner Smith Partnership about their forward-thinking approach to an office move.  Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development for Rolls-Royce re-affirmed the global firms commitment to Derby.

The event was part of the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014-2020.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said "We have been holding Embassy events in London for 10 years.  They go from strength to strength and are an important part of our inward investment strategy.  This ear we opened an office base in the capital and launched an Ambassador's Club which is becoming a dynamic group of advocates for the city."

Council leader outlines City priorities

The assembled guests at Derby's Embassy event in London heard from Leader of Derby City Council, Cllr Chris Poulter at his first Embassy event since taking over the leadership role. 

Cllr Poulter outlined some of his priorities for Derby, including continuous momentum in the development of the city centre, focusing on key regeneration sites in the city centre, an innovation campus at Infinity Park Derby and enhanced connectivity within the city and to East Midlands Airport.

He reaffirmed that the City Council would ensure a smooth path for developers.

Also high on his list was improving the Council’s communication channels and representation for the benefit of the city and its people across political parties.

See more from Cllr Poulter on our MDTV film of the event here.


Businesses collaborate for classical concert

More local businesses have joined forces to work with Bondholder Derby City Council and secure the return of this year’s Hannells Darley Park outdoor classical music concert on Sunday 2nd September.

Sponsors include Bondholders HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Flint Bishop Solicitors and Stratstone BMW Derby who have enabled the City Council to bring the much-loved concert back to the city last year.

These companies have again pledged their support for the concert this year and have been joined by Redrow Homes and Invictus Communications.

The expanded corporate sponsorship will bring some exciting new features to boost the enjoyment for the thousands of people from across Derby and beyond who come together to enjoy an evening of live music and the spectacular closing fireworks show.

Bondholder Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra based in Derby will play at the concert with pieces inspired by the theme will be Peace, Hope and Reconciliation – ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Hannells Darley Park Concert will take place at Darley Park on Sunday 2nd September from 6pm, with gates open from 2pm.

Tickets can be purchased from 01332 255800, online at, or booked in person at the Sales and Information Centre, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby. 

New swimming Pool site cleared

Significant progress continues to be made on Derby’s New Swimming Pool Complex that will be built on the Moorways site.

Demolition of the old buildings is now complete ahead of construction commencing later in the year.

The New Swimming Pool Complex will include a 50m ten lane pool, learner pool, leisure water,
sauna & steam, gym, exercise studios, soft play and multi-use rooms.

On the progress Councillor Baggy Shanker said: “This is an ambitious facility for our City and it will make a great replacement, delivering far more than our previous swimming facilities. I’m proud to say that we remain on track to open this New Swimming Pool Complex to the public in 2020. It will be a successful project that will make Derby an even greater place to live, work and visit.”

City Links with India

Bondholders, Derby City Council and East Midlands Chamber of Commerce have signed a memorandum of understanding with India Chamber of Commerce Kolkata.

The aim of the partnership is to promote and foster trade and multilateral relations between Derby and Kolkata.

Derby has already established a strong link with Hefiei in China in the past couple of years and it is hoped that the link with India will prove as successful.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Finance and Government said: "We are committed to exploring the opportunities a partnership brings, opening doors to joint business ventures and inward investment, creating opportunities in education, culture and tourism ad also creating lasting friendships." 

David Pearson, Director of Partnerships and Membership Services, East Midlands Chamber, said: "East Midlands Chamber, in conjunction with Derby City Council, was delighted to sign an agreement with the Indian Chamber of Commerce which paves the way for an increased flow of international trade between our region and Kolkata and the West Bengal region of India."

Any businesses interested in developing trade links with Kolkata in India, please contact Pratibha Hindocha, email: by 3rd April 2018.

Preferred bidder for Debenhams announced

Leeds-based award-winning developer St James Securities Limited has today been announced as the preferred bidder for the purchase of the former Debenhams building in the Becketwell area of Derby city centre which could be transformed into a significant residential and commercial development.

Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Martin Rawson, made the announcement this morning at the Derby City Embassy event at MIPIM in France, saying “St James Securities has an excellent track record of regenerating challenging sites across the country so we are keen to harness this expertise to transform the Becketwell area.”

Paul Morris, Director of St James Securities said “This is such an exciting opportunity to regenerate Becketwell and stimulate the renewal of the wider St Peters Quarter of Derby, with major benefits to the economic, social and environmental fabric of the area.”

John Forkin, Marketing Derby, said “Having met the St James Securities team on a number of occasions we believe they are the real deal. They bring fresh eyes, the ambition and experience needed to finally develop Debenhams, acting as a catalyst for the wider Becketwell site.” 

St James Securities has a track record of changing the dynamics of city centres as destinations and bringing new life to them. Their proposals for the Derby site -  a regeneration priority within Derby’s city centre masterplan - would see a mix of residential and commercial space replacing the former Debenhams store and improvements to the public realm. Paul Morris at St James Securities said: “Our vision brings together commercial viability and deliverability with striking and contemporary architecture, all integrated with quality public realm.”

They have been granted a 12-month period of exclusivity for the Derby site during which the details of the deal will be worked up.

Among St James Securities’ achievements are the regeneration of St Paul’s Place in Sheffield, the Round Foundry, Leeds which won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) award for International Regeneration Project of the Year and Waterfront, Wakefield.

Derby Embassy at Capacity

Over 120 delegates packed into today's Derby City Embassy at MIPIM to hear about the latest investment and development opportunities.

In his welcome at the event, Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration highlighted the city’s flagship Heart of the City regeneration scheme, which features in the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio launched yesterday in Cannes: “The £60 million Heart of the City project is a major investment and a game changer for Derby city centre. It is critical to the future success and economic regeneration of Derby and the catalyst for further investment in the retail, leisure and office sectors.”

Keynote speaker at the event Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce plc reinforced the global company’s commitment to Derby with significant improvements being made to their civil aerospace and nuclear campuses in the city. Speaking about Derby’s position as a leading centre for advanced manufacturing innovation, he said “Having local supply chain partners is incredibly valuable for us and there are great opportunities to invest and locate in Derby.”

Derby City Council’s Head of Regeneration Projects, Catherine Williams, spoke further about the £1 billion of opportunities available in the Heart of the City regeneration plans which includes the new £32 million performance venue, refurbished and regenerated Grade II Listed Market Hall, new £10 million car park and enhanced public realm across the area on Osnabruck Square and the Market Place. This is in addition to the new Museum of Making at the Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and UNESCO World Heritage site, and the regeneration of Becketwell.

Plans to stimulate the city centre Grade-A office market were also showcased with Derby City Council’s plans for a new 31,000sq ft office scheme on Bold Lane.

The annual event is regularly referred to as the “best breakfast in Cannes” and while always popular, it received an unprecedented number of registrations this year. Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin commented: “MIPIM is important for cities like Derby to fly the flag on a global platform. In the past this has led to numerous enquiries and genuine investments.  2018 is no different and we have seen huge interest amongst the investor community in Derby’s offer.”

Derby's Embassy and activities at MIPIM are also supported by Smith Partnership, Knights 1759, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Development, Harworth Estates and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Innovation at Infinity Park

Today Derby City Council's cabinet is set to vote on plans to build ca. 50,000 sq ft of extra space at Infinity Park Derby, which could cost in the region of £10m – further recognising Derby’s credentials as the UK Capital for Innovation.

The site, which is located next to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, is a collaboration between Derby City Council, Rolls-Royce, developers Cedar House Investments, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Wilson Bowden and Peveril Securities.

The councillors will vote whether to enter into a collaboration agreement with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the D2N2 Local Economic Partnership (LEP) to create a major new research and development centre; which would be owned by the council and run by AMRC.

The new facility in Derby would have national 'Catapult' status as part of a network of ‘world-leading’ centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.

The AMRC and the LEP are currently seeking approvals from their respective governing bodies to enter into this agreement.


In order that R&D activities can commence quickly, it is proposed that the AMRC is initially let space at Connect Derby’s iHub on Infinity Park – a state-of-the-art managed workspace, where they would co-locate with other hi-tech businesses, including new tenant Airbus which has taken two facilities totalling 1500 sq ft at the site.  Airbus selected the iHub because of its close proximity to Rolls-Royce’s headquarters.

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council said: "The arrival of Airbus is a massive coup for the iHub, and just the right kind of tenant for the building.”

"It is yet another example of a developing business taking advantage of the unique opportunity to relocate to accommodation in a hi-tech, manufacturing focused innovation technology park."

Derby Hosts Aerospace Conference

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has today hosted over 100 of the UK’s aerospace industry experts at the Midlands Aerospace Alliance’s annual conference, with delegates hearing from keynote speakers from Rolls-Royce and Airbus about future manufacturing technologies and supply chain growth.

Opening the event, Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Bondholder Derby City Council, said:"Rolls-Royce was the first targeted inward investment in the UK, and today we are proud of the work we do to support growth and attract inward investment".

The city’s Enterprise Zone, Infinity Park Derby, supported the MAA Conference with Marketing Derby to showcase the city’s aerospace sector credentials and the strength of its location for advanced manufacturing businesses.

Bondholder the University of Derby also sponsored the event through its Enscite programme - a partnership between the University of Derby, Aston University and Derby City Council that supports businesses in aerospace, rail and automotive supply chains.

Angela Tooley, Head of Enscite said: “We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Midlands Aerospace Alliance to support the industry and its wider supply chains across the Midlands. We are committed to supporting a thriving modern economy with the valuable links we offer to research, knowledge, expertise and talent. With a hands-on approach to innovation and skills development we deliver benefits to businesses across the Midlands Engine for Growth.”

Marketing Derby has supported the Midlands Aerospace Alliance conference through its work on the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014 -2020.

Find out more about the ERDF project here


Chinese Tours to Derby

Bondholder Derby City Council's efforts to generate interest in the area from China took another step forward this month.

Hino Travel, a Chinese inbound travel agent was part of the recent trade delegation from the region to China in November 2017 and since then The Derby City Council Tourism Team, VisitDerby has been working with them to encourage them to include Derby attractions in their itineraries for visits of all sizes and types from business visitors and VIPs to students and first time group travellers.

During the visit to China, Hino trained their local sales team on visiting Derby and Derbyshire. Then in January, this was followed up with a familiarisation visit to the region for Hino travel UK staff. Their itinerary included Derby Cathedral, Royal Crown Derby, The Old Bell and Bluebells Dairy amongst other venues.

The work has started to see results with a small group of VIPs visiting Royal Crown Derby on Saturday 25th February.

Yu Zhang, Deputy General Manager of Hino Travel as follows:

“The visitors to Royal Crown Derby liked the china there very much and bought a lot to take home with them. We are looking forward to bringing more groups to Derby in 2018.”

Cllr Amo Raju, Cabinet Member for Leisure Culture and Tourism said:

“It’s great for us to be working with companies like Hino to attract visitors to Derby and I hope this is the first of many such groups that will visit the city from China.

We’ve worked very hard to create a link with Hefei and we are starting to see that rewarded.”

John Forkin from Marketing Derby said:  “Tourism from China is a massive growth market, and it’s important to get places like Derby and Derbyshire on their itineraries, as well as the usual London and Edinburgh tours.”

Bondholder Gets Swimming Pool Contract

Bondholder Bowmer and Kirkland have been announced as the build contractor for the new swimming pool complex at Moorways.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, lead Cabinet Member for the Moorways project said: “Derbyshire construction firm Bowmer and Kirkland have been appointed as the council’s preferred build contractor, as we move towards the construction phase of this enormously exciting project. This means that detailed designs can now be drawn up, ensuring the new complex remains on course to open in 2020 as we pledged.

“As one of the largest construction businesses in the country, Bowmer and Kirkland were appointed by the Council. The Derbyshire-based firm have a track-record of delivering major leisure projects both for the public and private sectors, including a number of other pool facilities.

“The main 50 metre pool will feature two booms and moveable floors for maximum flexibility, meaning the pool can be easily divided into three separate 25 metre pools to accommodate casual users, club swimmers and teaching as required. With seating for over 400 spectators and a timing room, it will also be capable of hosting regional competitions.

“Meanwhile, the leisure pool will incorporate a play structure that includes slides, tipping buckets and water jets for families to enjoy together. What’s more, there’ll be both steam and sauna rooms on site, allowing visitors to relax and unwind.

“Alongside swimming space, there’ll be all the additional features you would expect from a modern leisure facility. These include a cafe, gym, fitness studios soft play and multi-use areas.

“This building will serve the city for a generation."