Rigby & Co

Square's new tenant

Leading UK infrastructure providers NMCN has relocated a division of its team to Bondholder Cardinal Square, with help from Bondholder agents Rigby & Co.

NMCN has taken 5,224 ft2 of office space at Cardinal Square following a time sensitive search for new office space. The building’s owners Nurton Developments and Rigby & Co were able to act to facilitate the move which played a major role in NMCN’s decision to relocate to Cardinal Square.

Other deciding factors were Nurton’s ability to arrange broadband connectivity within a tight timeframe, alongside the quality of the building’s planned refurbishments.

Cardinal Square occupies a prime location fronting Derby’s Ring Road and the A52. The 113,000 ft2 of office space comprises of four inter-connecting blocks arranged across four and five floors that look across the building’s hidden landscaped garden.

The building is currently subject of a major refurbishment programme by owners Nurton Developments to provide upgraded services and facilities.

Commenting on taking space at Cardinal Square, Nick Parker, delivery manager at NMCN said: “We were really impressed with the speed at which Nurton Developments and their agents Rigby & Co responded to our enquiry and delivered exactly what we were looking for comfortably within the pressured time limit we had.

“Less than six weeks after we first viewed the space, we have moved into our new office, which is an impressive achievement."

David Dyas, asset manager for Nurton Developments, owners of Cardinal Square, added: “We're pleased that we were able to find suitable space for NMCN; it was a tight timetable and required a common-sense approach.

“We allowed NMCN to fit the space out whilst the lease contract was being finalised; our internal IT resource arranged broadband connectivity and it was back to business for NMCN upon lease completion.”


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.

Expansion for Rigby & Co

Bondholder Rigby & Co have enjoyed a successful year with record turnover and the recruitment of two key new members of staff.
Over the past 12 months, turnover at the Pride Park-based firm has increased by more than 30% thanks to a series of high profile projects. These include the relocation of 111 provider Derbyshire Health United to Bondholder Derby College’s Johnson Building on Pride Park and the sale of nine acres at Friar Gate Goods Yard in Derby to the Department of Education on behalf of Bondholder Clowes Developments,

Managing Director Russell Rigby is anticipating significant growth during the rest of 2018 and has made two key appointments to the team.

Mark Gratton has joined Rigby & Co from Fisher German. He will work closely with Russell to provide development consultancy support services to both private and public sector clients and also has a remit to grow the firm’s highly rated office agency team.

Nigel Gell has joined the firm as a consultant, having worked in the public sector for more than 30 years, overseeing major capital projects and the implementation of estates strategies. He will lead the growing number of public sector consultancy projects that the firm has been instructed on since the turn of the year in areas including the NHS and FE.

Commenting on this latest phase of growth, Russell said:

"It’s great to have Mark and Nigel in the business. Mark is an exceptionally talented surveyor and agent, with great potential.

"Nigel’s expertise and reputation will enable us to deliver more public sector led consultancy projects within local government, further education and the NHS across the East Midlands. 

Rigby & Co is a dynamic commercial property consultancy serving Derby and the wider Midlands. The company offers advice on commercial property estate agency and regeneration and development consultancy matters.

Bondholders Secure Goods Yard Investment

Bondholder Derby Cathedral has announced that Friar Gate Goods Yard will be the home of its new secondary school.

Derby Cathedral School, as indicated above, will occupy the western half of the derelict site once the state-of-the-art facilities are built over the next two years, it has been confirmed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The school will occupy nine acres of the 20-acre site, off Great Northern Road.

Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance, Dean of the Cathedral, said: “We are delighted that we can now announce where the permanent site for the school will be. Friar Gate Goods Yard was our preferred location from the very beginning of the process due to its central location within close proximity to the Cathedral, and its need for development to enhance the infrastructure of the city.”

Set to house 1,200 students, the secondary school will be a purpose-built facility and does not include the Listed bonded warehouse.

Bondholder Clowes Developments, which owns the goods yard site are looking at options to refurbish the building and the remainder of the site. Andrew Bock said “Clowes are committed to the commencing the restoration of the Bonded Warehouse within the next 12 months. We have a number of exciting ideas that we will be exploring with Derby City Council.”

Russell Rigby from Bondholder Rigby & Co, who represented Clowes Developments in negotiations, said, “This is one of the most significant deals completed in Derby in the last 12 months. The introduction of such a high-calibre educational facility will completely transform and re-energise the emerging new Masterplan for the remaining site. Rigby & Co were delighted to have assisted Clowes Developments in opening up what I believe is a jewel in Derby’s regeneration crown.”

Bondholder Flint Bishop were also involved in securing the investment with Christine Owen, Partner, commenting, “Flint Bishop has worked alongside Clowes Developments for many years on various high profile projects and it was a great pleasure that I was involved in delivering such an exciting redevelopment scheme in Derby.”

BAFTA-Nominated Company Expands into Friar Gate

A 4,500 sq ft office in a historic Grade II listed 19th Century building has been sold to a BAFTA-nominated game developer, in a deal brokered by Bondholders FHP Property Consultants and Rigby & Co

Strawdog Studios has moved to 99 Friar Gate, a building owned by Bondholder Clowes Developments, as part of its plans for expansion. 

Paul Smith from Strawdog Studios said: “99 Friar Gate will be a perfect city centre base for the studio as we continue to execute our plans to grow the team and develop our mobile games publishing business over the next few years.”

Tim Richardson from FHP Property Consultants, added: “We had a lot of interest in the property from people looking to convert it into flats, but always felt that the best result would be to retain the building largely as existing as it will create a fantastic working environment once refurbishment works have been completed.”

Prosperity Rising for Derby's Students

“We are delighted to see this latest development scheme involving bondholder companies working together, as the student accommodation sector in Derby continues to go from strength to strength.

An additional 300 students moving into the city centre will continue to see city businesses benefit from the increased vibrancy they bring.

Marketing Derby have worked closely with Prosperity Capital Partners on Cathedral Court, and will continue to do so going forward.”
— Tom Erskine, Marketing Derby

London-based Prosperity Capital Partners has announced plans to develop a second student accommodation building in Derby.

Following on from its successful £20.3m, 350 unit Cathedral Court scheme, which opened this September, plans have now been submitted to develop around 300 units in a new building on Cathedral Road.

The deal was brokered by Rigby & Co, alongside FHP, on behalf of the owner,  Peter Gadsby of Cedar House Investments.

Peter Gadsby said: “We considered a number of different commercial and residential schemes for this site, but ultimately were satisfied that Prosperity Capital Partners will meet the growing expectations of Derby’s student market – and this deal ensures there will be development activity in this region."

Gavin Barry, CEO of Prosperity Capital Partners, added:  “We were keen to build on the success of our Cathedral Court scheme and develop further high quality, contemporary accommodation for Derby’s students. These kinds of developments are incredibly important to the city’s economic wellbeing and provide invaluable support to Derby’s student population. It has been a pleasure working alongside Peter Gadsby and Rigby & Co to conclude this deal.”


New Development for Agard Street


Derby's city centre living is booming, with leading regional property development company, Godwin Developments, acquiring land on Agard Street.

The plot at 36 Agard Street is currently home to offices and a development site which is being used for short-term parking.

Stephen Pratt, Land Director of Godwin Developments comments “We are pleased to have secured this site and genuinely excited about developing on the site.

"For 12 months or so we have been working hard to acquire a number of sites in Derby and we are pleased to get this one over the line.”

The site sale was brokered by Bondholder Rigby & Co on behalf of a private investor.

Russell Rigby, MD of Rigby & Co, said  “The sale of this site generated a lot of interest and we are genuinely pleased we were able to complete this project and wish Godwin Developments success with their plans going forward. It was a refreshing change to work with a developer who delivered promptly and in a reliable fashion."



“We have been working closely with people on the ground in Derby and Marketing Derby and we look forward to revealing details shortly of a further strategic acquisition which we are close to completing.
— Stephen Pratt, Land Director of Godwin Developments

More local Xpertise

A Derby recruitment company is the latest business to move into the city’s Cardinal Square offices. 

From its existing base within Sadler Bridge Studios, part of Derby City Council’s Connect scheme of managed workspaces, Xpertise Recruitment has relocated to its newly refurbished space as part of a drive to expand its workforce over the coming 18 months.

Managing director Richard Harrison said: "We are working in a fast growth area of recruitment with particular demand for high-end skills in software development and data sciences.”

"Having outgrown our previous offices, we are delighted to be at Cardinal Square where we can create our own footprint with the environment that makes the workplace vibrant, energetic and fun."

The group's relocation was handled by Rigby & Co, which is letting agent for Cardinal Square's owner Nurton Developments.

Russell Rigby, of Rigby & Co, said “Nurton Developments are delighted to welcome Xpertise Recruitment to Cardinal Square. Xpertise are a very progressive and straightforward business to deal with and we very much hope that their relocation to our building will allow the company to prosper and grow.”

£4m Marble Hall refurbishment complete

Bondholder Connect Derby's latest development of 42 high-specification offices has now been completed at the former Rolls-Royce Marble Hall building on Nightingale Road.

We know there is a lot of interest in the services and facilities on offer and I hope the ‘Connect in the Community’ initiative will go a long way
— Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council

The Grade II listed building has been empty since Rolls-Royce relocated in 2007 but Connect Derby has now transformed it into a vibrant managed workspace with a range of complimentary services. The development includes extra meeting rooms as well as a nursery which has capacity for 16 two-three year-olds and 26 three-four year-olds.

Derby's high demand for smaller, managed workspaces definitely welcomes the 42 new offices (plus a penthouse) which range in size from 100 sq ft to 800 sq ft.

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: "The launch of Marble Hall signals a very exciting time for the Osmaston area. Through surveys and community engagement, we know there is a lot of interest in the services and facilities on offer and I hope the 'Connect in the Community' initiative will go a long way towards helping people in the area who are considering starting their own businesses."

If you're interested in taking office space at Marble Hall, please get in touch with Russell Rigby from Bondholder Rigby & Co by calling (01332) 20 33 77 or email russellrigby@rigbyandco.com

Marble Hall joins Connect Derby portfolio

Bondholder Connect Derby has added the iconic former Rolls-Royce building on Nightingale Road, Marble Hall, to its portfolio. It will be the first venture for Connect in the Community - a new initiative which aims to attract and support social enterprises, voluntary and community groups and charities to the area, along with new start-ups and growing businesses.

Marble Hall has been vacant since Rolls-Royce decided to relocate in 2007 and is the centre-piece of Derby City Council's Osmaston Regeneration Partnership. 

Over the past 12 months the grade-two listed building - one of the city's most recognised landmarks - has been the subject of a major refurbishment to transform it into a £4 million community hub of managed workspaces.

The development will include 42 high-spec offices in sizes from 100 sq ft to 800 sq ft plus a penthouse. Businesses will benefit from superfast broadband as well as a unique package of business support and mentoring. There will also be a nursery, meeting rooms and a café.

Ann Bhatti, Business Centres Manager at Connect Derby said: "Since it was launched in 2014, Connect Derby has been hugely successful in encouraging small business growth in the city centre, but we have recognised that there are many organisations that serve their local communities from outside the city centre."

Commercial property agents and Bondholder Rigby & Co is the letting agent for the Marble Hall scheme. Managing Director Russell Rigby said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals and businesses to work from the iconic building where office staff supported the building of the Merlin engines that powered Second World War Spitfires."

He continued: "The Marble Hall scheme is a unique regeneration project, which when complete, will massively transform the whole of the Osmaston area. We are already receiving a high level of enquiries from potential occupiers and hope to be announcing the first occupiers shortly."

Refurbishment work is set to be completed towards the end of the year and the building ready for occupation in early Spring 2016.