Mercia Marina

The Knife Angel is coming

Derby has been chosen to be one of the cities across the country to host the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression - the 'Knife Angel'.

The spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from up to 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, will be based next to Bondholder Derby Cathedral for 28 days in October.

The Knife Angel is being brought to Derby by a group of agencies and organisations across the city, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

Other Bondholders who have offered their help and expertise include Bowmer and Kirkland, Mercia Image Ltd, Work Wallet and G Wathall and Son Ltd.

Created in collaboration with all 43 police forces, the Home Office, Anti-violence groups and hundreds of families who have been affected by knife crime, the monument is a symbol of the nation’s intolerance to violence and aggression. It was created by the British Ironwork Centre, by sculptor Alfie Bradley to highlight the impact knife crime has on people, families and communities.

Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture. One such relative is local woman, Rachel Webb. Rachel’s son, Tom, was 22-years-old when he was stabbed and killed in St Peter’s Street, Derby in 2016.

Rachel said: “I am thrilled to learn that the Knife Angel is coming to Derby. It’s an emotive thought-provoking monument, which is helping to educate and raise awareness of the increasing knife crime epidemic on Britain’s streets."

They are also keen for other volunteers to be involved in the project, particularly in being able to act as information marshals at the sculpture. Full training will be provided and anyone interested is urged to make contact.

If you are interested in volunteering or represent a group that would like to be interested in the programme of activities please contact the organising group on


New store for Mercia Marina


Merchant's Jewellers will open its doors this month at Bondholder Mercia Marina and will be selling a variety of diamonds, jewels, necklaces bracelets and much more.

The opening is part of a large investment by Derby couple Karim and Tanita Merchant, who say that it's been their "dream" to open a jewellers.

Entrepreneur Tanita, 29, told Derbyshire Live: "We're really excited by opening this week. It's been our dream to open a jewellers and we can finally do it.

"When we found out that there was a space at the marina, we knew that we had to grab it and we're now opening in the last unit there. It's such a beautiful place."

Merchant's will sell bespoke jewellery including brands such as Lucy Quartermaine, Flash Jordan, Katie Britton and Kapten and Son.

The marina, which is one of the largest in Europe, opened in September 2008 following investment of more than £6 million. 

Mercia Marina's £1.7 million Boardwalk development includes: The Boardwalk restaurant and bar; Elegant Touch Beauty salon; Blue Water clothing store; White Finn Clothing; Molly & Co. Accessories; Zing Furniture; Butcher Baker Farm Shop and Coffee House; and pharmaceutical firm Bionical.

The £3 million Piazza landmark building development also includes Bionical’s global HQ as well as bondholder and tapas-style Indian restaurant Lotus Indian Kitchen, Bluebird Gallery, Twigg Home, William Wheelwright Hair Salon and Black By Design’s showroom and shop.

One unit left at Mercia Marina

The Piazza, at Bondholder Mercia Marina, has been popular with shops and businesses since opening in 2018.

The Piazza which sits alongside the marina’s popular, award-winning Boardwalk development is a three- and four-storey development which creates a public space around the marina’s unique five-sided bandstand.

Businesses already located there are:

  • L.E.A.D IT - IT service management company for 135 schools, 28 of which are in Derby
  • Black By Design – a successful internet retailer of designer homewares has opened its first store
  • Twigg Home – design-led fashion and homewares
  • William Wheelwright Hair Salon

Establishments being fitted out and due to open soon are:

  • Lotus – an Indian tapas Restaurant
  • Bluebird Gallery – an independent gallery

Leaving just one unit up for grabs.

Talking about the move to The Piazza Steve Pym co-founder and owner of Black By Design said:

“The marina is a fabulous place and will be the perfect venue to showcase the brands that we sell. You won’t find many of the brands that we sell anywhere else in this neck of the woods. We are very excited about moving into the marina and also a little apprehensive, but we were so pleased when we saw the Piazza completed, it has exceeded our expectations.”

We are delighted at the quality and character of the businesses that have joined us at Mercia Marina by taking space in The Piazza building. From high-tech offices occupied by the fast-growing and highly reputed healthcare firm Bionical, to Black by Design the successful internet retailer who is bucking the global trend by opening a bricks and mortar store.
— Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina

Piazza Development Complete

Bondholder Mercia Marina's £3m Piazza development is now complete and ready to welcome the first stores.

The building will host pharmaceutical firm Bionical's global HQ, along with an Indian-style tapas restaurant, William Wheelwright Hair Salon, Bluebird Gallery, home accessory store Black by Design and lifestyle store Twigg Home.

Twigg Home, opening Friday is the fourth shop to be opened in the Marina by Steve Robinson. His existing three shops focus on fashion and accessories, but the new store will stock products with Scandinavian influences, as well as brands that carry an ethical theme. 

Steve commented: "I am confident that this store will be a success here. There is an incredible amount of footfall all year round, the Piazza building is fantastic. It's a great destination. There really is nowhere else like it."

Mercia Marina is Europe's biggest inland marina; and the new development is designed to reinforce the attraction's status as one of Derbyshire's premier tourist and shopping destinations.

Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina said: "The Piazza is a landmark building in the heart of South Derbyshire that not only looks spectacular but also fits in perfectly within the natural environment of the marina. We are delighted that Steve has chosen to open his fourth store here and we are sure that Twigg Home will be a great addition to the selection of shops that we already have, giving visitors to the marina even more choice.”

Marina's £3m Expansion

Work has officially begun on the £3m expansion of Bondholder Mercia Marina. 

The Piazza will be built on the peninsula next to the marina’s award-winning Boardwalk shopping, leisure and office development, and will contain a ground-floor restaurant and up to six shops, with offices on the two upper floors. Of the six shops under construction, two are already let and talks are ongoing for a third.

All work is expected to be completed by December.

The Marina currently welcomes 800,000 visitors a year, which will likely increase with this expansion. 

Robert Neff, General Manager, said: "Our exciting new development proposal demonstrates just how successful we have become as a destination.

"We opened in September 2008, at the height of the financial crisis, and have continued to invest in South Derbyshire ever since, working closely with Frank McArdle and his team at South Derbyshire District Council, Councillor Martyn Ford and the local community."

£2.5M Investment for Marina

Plans for a £2.5M extension for Bondholder Mercia Marina have been approved. 

The extension will increase parking capacity, and will bring new shops, restaurants, cafes and offices to the Marina.

The Marina already attracts over 800,000 visitors annually, and Robert Neff, General Manager, hopes this number will increase.

The development is expected to create 150 new jobs. 

Robert said: "Our exciting new development proposal demonstrates just how successful we have become as a destination.

“Since the marina opened in 2008, we have become recognised as a major regional tourist attraction, not only for shopping, eating and drinking, but also boat trips, boat holidays, lodge holidays and much more. 

“We’ve nevertheless always been very careful to ensure our growth complements the beautiful natural environment. It is very important to us that the location remains as attractive to those seeking tranquillity as it does for those who want to shop, dine and work here.”

Derby Gears up for Christmas

With just over a month to go, businesses across Derby are getting ready for Christmas, with a number of fun activities. 

Bondholder intu Derby will be switching on their Christmas lights this Saturday, with a programme of events, including festive food sampling. Changing every 30 minutes, shoppers will be able to sample treats from intu's melange of restaurants and cafes. 

The light switch on ceremony will begin at 5pm and will celebrate the amazing achievements of the local community. The ceremony will feature your favourite Christmas songs from two Christmas choirs, dance groups performing live, and will also see the stars of Bondholder Derby LIVE's Cinderella pantomime performing a song from the highly-anticipated show.

From this Saturday till Christmas Eve, intu will also play host to Santa's Grotto. This year Santa and his elves have had a helping hand from Playmobil to create fantastic gifts.

Tickets are also now on sale online for the Cathedral Quarter 3aaa ice rink, which is set to open on Thursday December 1 in Derby’s Market Place.

Thanks to Bondholders Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District3aaaDerby LIVE and Derby City Council, the Cathedral Quarter 3aaa ice rink will welcome skaters every day (with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) until Wednesday January 4.

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Board and Management Group, which drives forward activities under the area's BID status, said: "Christmas is obviously an important time for the majority of our businesses in the Cathedral Quarter and we recognised that the ice rink is a pivotal attraction to increase footfall to the area and improve the visitor experience.

“We hope that the increased publicity around the Cathedral Quarter’s success in reaching the finals of the Great British High Street Awards will further add to the success of the ice rink and encourage more people to visit the attraction and then further explore this unique part of the city centre.”

As part of the Christmas charm, a post office with a direct line to Lapland has opened at Derby Market Hall in the Cathedral Quarter for local children to deliver their letters to Santa.

Mrs Claus’ Post Office has opened ahead of the Market Hall’s Winter Wonderland which will launch on Thursday December 1 as part of the historic venue’s one-going 150th anniversary celebrations.

Bondholder Mercia Marina is also launching its festive season this week with late night shopping and the switching on of some unique Christmas decorations.

Shops at the South Derbyshire marina will stay open until 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17, to give visitors a chance to get some early Christmas shopping out of the way. 
And, with less than six weeks to go until the big day, the marina will also be unveiling some very special Christmas decorations, including several giant “snowballs” festooned with thousands of lights.

Robert Neff, general manager of Mercia Marina, in Findern Lane, near Willington, said: “We are delighted with the result. We can guarantee that visitors will not see anything quite like this, so we hope people will come along and see them.

“We want to make Christmas at Mercia Marina more spectacular every year, so that people even come here solely to see our wonderful Christmas lights display.”


To purchase tickets for The Cathedral Quarter 3aaa ice rink, please click here.

Mercia Marina heads for further expansion

Plans have been approved by South Derbyshire District Council for Bondholder Mercia Marina to further expand its premises to include more than double the number of luxury holiday lodges on its site, as well as additional facilities for boaters and holiday makers.

The Marina has acquired permission to build 32 more lodges and provide an all-weather tennis court, sports pitch, gym, péntaque court, golf putting area and playground for those staying at the Marina.

A new wildlife pond, almost the size of a football pitch, would also be created as part of extensive landscaping plans around the new lodges.

Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina, said: "Even though it would see a significant growth in our holiday lodge provision, the impact will be surprisingly minimal - partly due to the amount of land here, and also because they would be built gradually, perhaps over a period of several years."

He continued: "The sports facilities will be a phenomenal addition to what we already have here, and I predict that they will see a huge amount of use."

Mercia Marina, already the largest inland marina in Europe, has overseen steady and successful growth since it opened in 2008, particularly since the opening of The Boardwalk leisure, shopping and office development in 2014.

The sports facilities will be a phenomenal addition to what we already have here, and I predict that they will see a huge amount of use.
— Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina

Boardwalk in architectural hall of fame

Bondholder Mercia Marina's beautiful Boardwalk development has received significant recognition in the LABC Building Excellence Awards.

Named as the Best Small Commercial Building, the Boardwalk complex was recognised for its team having gone to impressive lengths including the production of a brand new type of timber cladding to achieve the rough and time-worn appearance which was required.

We are truly overwhelmed to not only have won the regional award but to have gone up against some hugely iconic competition to take the national award too
— Robert Neff, General Manager at Mercia Marina

The £1.7 million development which consists of boutique shops and offices with a two-storey bar and restaurant beat the likes of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London which was designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

Robert Neff, General Manager at Mercia Marina, commented: 'We are truly overwhelmed to not only have won the regional award but to have gone up against some hugely iconic competition to take the national award too. It's a stunning achievement. This is great recognition for all the careful thought and hard work that went into constructing a building that, first and foremost, needed to sit comfortably within the natural environment of the marina.'

Chief Executive of LABC Paul Everall said: 'This project is an excellent example of how a building can reflect the environmental context in which it is located. The result is a beautiful building that encompasses sympathetic and innovative design in addition to providing excellent facilities to the area.'