Derby Civic Society

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.


The Brighter City of Derby Awards

Bondholder Derby Civic Society has recognised a number of restored and regenerated buildings in the Brighter City of Derby Awards. 

The Awards recognise buildings that have made improvements to Derby through new construction, maintenance or restorations.

Recipients of the awards include Marble Hall, managed by Bondholder Connect Derby; the New Infant Department at Derby High School, designed by fellow Bondholder Pick Everard; the iHub at Infinity Park Derby; the Media Centre at the 3aaa County Ground, also designed by Pick Everard; and Cathedral Court, by Bondholder Prosperity Capital Partners. 

Marble Hall - First Prize, Refurbishment Category

"As Rolls Royce's first factory in Derby, this is a unique part of the city's heritage and is therefore worthy of restoration and preservation. The developers have gone to great lengths to restore and conserve this important building, particularly the Marble Hall with good quality materials and craftsmanship. They have found a new use for the building, by converting into small business units."

The New Infant Department at Derby High School - First Prize, New Build

The building is "aesthetically pleasing but also fulfils its design purpose very well."

The Innovation Centre at Infinity Park Derby - Highly Commended, New Build

The judges felt that the design was aesthetically pleasing and works well as an "anchor" building for the important new Infinity business park.

The Media Centre at the 3aaa County Ground - Generally Commended

The judges scored the Media Centre was commended for its contribution to the city. 

Cathedral Court -Generally Commended

The judges said the building "sits in its street scene surprisingly well and is functional".

Blue plaque commemorates Rolls-Royce legends

Photos taken by Bondholder Cactus Images

Representatives from Bondholders Derby Civic Society and Derby City Council have unveiled the latest blue plaque in Derby at fellow Bondholder Connect Derby's Marble Hall development.

The iconic building has recently undergone a £4million restoration project and received the plaque to commemorate Sir Henry Royce and Charles Rolls and their decision to manufacture Rolls-Royce engines in Derby.

Alan Grimadell, Chairman of Derby Civic Society, said: "Everyone connected with Derby Civic Society is delighted that a blue plaque has been launched at Marble Hall in memory of Sir Henry Royce and Charles Rolls. Sir Henry was a man whose decision to base his business in Derby had massive benefits for the wider economy in terms of jobs and played a pivotal role in our victory in the Second World War."

Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member of Derby City Council, commented: "I very much support this project which recognises and celebrates our rich heritage and the people behind making Derby what it is today."

The blue plaque scheme forms part of Derby City Council's and Derby Civic Society's partnership to celebrate eminent people with strong links to the city. Blue plaques are erected on a building or site to mark the connection between that location and the notable individual.

Everyone connected with Derby Civic Society is delighted that a blue plaque has been launched at Marble Hall in memory of Sir Henry Royce and Charles Rolls.
— Alan Grimadell, Chairman of Derby Civic Society

Compendium Living launches Castleward Court

As part of Bondholder Compendium Living's £100 million Castleward regeneration scheme, the block of 36 apartments, known as Castleward Court, was launched earlier this month.

Breathing new life into the space which connects Derby's railway station to intu Derby, each of the new apartments has two bedrooms, with some featuring a terrace or balcony.

Michelle Barnsley, Field Sales Manager at Compendium Living, commented: "This development is a fantastic location and is perfect for commuters, young professionals and families alike."

The development has recently received a highly commended award in the New Build category in the George Larkin Brighter City of Derby Awards by Bondholder Derby Civic Society, thanks to its "bright and modern buildings which reflect the 19th century street layout."

Dave Bullock, Managing Director of Compendium Living, said: "We're delighted with the response we've had so far with the amount of interest that has been shown in the new homes and I'm sure that this will continue long into the future."

Compendium Living is a Sponsor of the 2016 Derby Property Summit.

Castleward builds a good reputation

Phase one of Bondholder Compendium Living's Castleward urban village project has been highly commended in the "New Build" category of the Brighter City of Derby awards by fellow Bondholder Derby Civic Society.

The Mayor of Derby presented a certificate to Compendium Living project manager Ian Woodland. Managing Director Dave Bullock said: "We are delighted that Derby Civic Society has awarded Castleward highly commended in this category. We had a fantastic year in 2015 and have been delighted with the response we've had so far from local people to our high quality homes."

Phase one of the Castleward project, the Boulevard, is nearing completion. It includes 164 homes, coffee shops, retail outlets and a convenience store.

Derby Civic Society secretary David Ling said the Castleward scheme deserved to be recognised: "The development has been constructed with bright modern buildings respecting the 19th century street layout, but including a brand new square, which is the central feature of the site. This is the first phase in the important step towards re-introducing residential development to the city centre."


Civic award for £10.8m sports centre

Bondholder Derby Civic Society has awarded the University of Derby for the construction of its £10.8 million sports centre.

The £10.8m development was up against stiff competition for the Brighter City of Derby award including the iHub at Infinity Park, Markeaton Street Cottages, Full Street hotel and flats, and Castleward phase one.

The impressive sports complex includes:

  • eight badminton courts;
  • sports hall;
  • 70-station fitness suite;
  • dedicated fitness studio;
  • two squash courts;
  • climbing wall;
  • indoor spring track; and strength and conditioning suite.

Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at the University of Derby, said: "I'm thrilled that the Derby Civic Society has selected the sports centre for this prestigious award, recognising that, as a university, we are serious about sport and it is going from strength to strength."