Phase 2 for Castleward

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The second phase of the Castleward Urban Village in the centre of Derby is underway.

This phase will consist of 54 new homes, which will be a mixture of low-rise apartments, duplex-style properties and houses located between the railway station and the intu mall.

The Castleward project will be carried out in a number of phases, over 15-20 years. The project will provide about 800 new homes and 35,000 square feet of commercial retail space.

Compendium Living and Derby City Council aim to create a distinctive place combining high quality homes with the benefits of city-centre living. In addition, we want the area to be sustainable, and have a feeling of community. Much of the housing will be low-level (two- and three-storey family homes) with a number of apartments and maisonettes. The tenure mix will be approximately 75% for private sale and 25% affordable homes (social rented and/or shared ownership).

The Castleward redevelopment is also significantly enhancing an important gateway to the city, providing wider benefits to residents and visitors.

Dave Bullock, Managing Director at Compendium Living, said: “We are so excited to have started work on the next phase of Castleward. The first phase was extremely popular and we anticipate the next phase will be too.

“We will be bringing more modern and contemporary homes to the city centre, ideal for first time buyers, young professionals and commuters searching for a brand new home within easy reach of transport links and amenities.”

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: “Castleward is an important housing-led regeneration scheme which will help to ensure continued economic growth and make Derby a great city in which to live and work.”

Becketwell transformation

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A mix of homes, workspace, hotel, retail and leisure uses, as well as a new public square are being proposed to replace Derby's former Debenhams building as part of ambitious city centre regeneration plans at Becketwell.

Leeds-based SJS is working in partnership with Derby City Council to deliver the regeneration.

The vision for the wider site is to create a whole new part of the city centre with its own distinct character and identity. This will take the form of a series of buildings, spaces and views that contribute to the attraction and vitality of the city.

When completed, the aim of the scheme is to provide more than 500 residential units, a new public square, up to 25,000 sq m of business space, hotel, restaurants and cafes and a 500-capacity multi-storey car park.

Plans include two apartment buildings - the tallest of the two buildings will contain 220 apartments over a ground floor café and restaurant overlooking the square. The smaller building will house 90 apartments over a new shop. In response to local feedback, this building has been carefully designed to retain the curve on the frontage of the current buildings in Victoria Street.

A new public square will be the centrepiece of the proposed development and will be delivered as part of the first phase of regeneration.

SJS was given 12 months last March to work up plans for the area. Paul Morris, director of SJS, said: "SJS have successfully delivered similar award-winning developments in other cities and are confident about the potential of Becket Well and the positive impact that a high-quality development can have on the city centre."

The site of the former Debenhams building on Victoria Street will be the first area to undergo development as the central focus of phase one. Demolition work is set to take place in summer 2019, with construction work set to commence in the spring of 2020.

Cannes film premiere

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Marketing Derby’s Embassy at MIPIM 2019 – the international real estate fair in Cannes - was held in front of a packed audience of investors and delegates eager to hear about Derby and Derbyshire’s development plans.

Marketing Derby also premiered its new film ‘Capital for Innovation’, which was produced by Derbyshire-based digital agency Purpose Media, providing an insight into what makes the city tick and how its skyline is changing.

Keynote speakers were Elizabeth Fagan, Chair of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership; Cllr. Matt Holmes, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council; Catherine Williams, Head of Regeneration and Major Projects for Derby City Council; Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Derby, and Frank Horsley, Head of Economic Regeneration for Derbyshire County Council.

Commenting on the Embassy success John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby added

“This is our 10th embassy held at MIPIM and each year they are more popular.

This is the first year that we have taken a Team Derby and Derbyshire approach at MIPIM and we are delighted to receive positive comments from Elizabeth Fagan as keynote speaker today.

We’ve made a lot of new connections and are developing existing relationships for the city and county. We will be working to cultivate these further in the coming months.”

£11.2m plans to rejuvenate Derby's Market Hall

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Work is well underway on an £11.2 million regeneration programme which will transform Derby’s Grade II Listed Victorian Market Hall into a contemporary, vibrant and retail destination by Summer 2023.

This is part of Derby City Council's vision called ‘Everything Derby’, which will see the creation of a fully inclusive venue that people visiting the city will recognise as the very best market in the country.

The Grade II listed building, which has been trading since 1866, will be the subject of a two-stage project to create an attractive, flexible, retail and cultural destination which will complement neighbouring uses and contribute to the revitalisation of the city centre.

Phase one of the project started in March last year with a £6 million roof restoration, which will extend the building’s lifespan and counter structural deterioration and make it safer to be worked on in future. This is planned for completion in Summer 2022. The second phase focuses on an internal and external reconfiguration, which will transform the look and feel of the Market Hall and is planned for completion in Summer 2023.

When completed, the Market Hall will be home to a diverse range of retailers, with an emphasis on food and drink. The ground floor will include a food court and flexible events space. The food court will trade throughout the day and will form part of Derby’s growing night time economy. The remaining ground floor space will be available for traditional and periodic changing market offers of fresh food and dry goods.

Toilet facilities are also set to be improved, alongside lift and stair access to ensure inclusive accessibility for everyone.

Commenting on the scheme, Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said:

“This project is a key development in the rejuvenation of Derby city centre, delivering a key component of the City Centre Masterplan. The market will be supported by cultural and commercial events and will also provide a home for other complementary uses including those engaged with the making food and drink for sale.

“The Market Hall will support innovation and training, as well as housing making and selling. New business will reflect the spirit of Derby and capitalise on the cultural opportunities provided by the city. It’s a vision we call ‘Everything Derby’.

“When completed, the Market Hall will complement the emerging Cultural Hub which is to be anchored by the Assembly Rooms, and which will re-energise the day and night-time economies in the Market Place and the wider city centre.

The project is part of the City Centre Masterplan, which aims to create 4,000 jobs, lever £3.5bn of investment and create 1900 new homes by 2030. Proposals also seek to revitalise the city centre and re-energise Derby’s day and night time economies in order to attract tourism into the city.

Dream engine deals for Rolls-Royce

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Rolls-Royce, whose civil aerospace operations are headquartered in Derby, has been selected by Lufthansa Group and STARLUX Airlines to power over 50 new aircraft.

Its Trent 1000 engine will power 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and its Trent XWB will power 20 Airbus A350 XWBs for Lufthansa Group.

Dr Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Lufthansa Group – Airlines Resources & Operational Standards, said: “We are very pleased to select Rolls-Royce to power these aircraft, helping us to provide outstanding customer service. With this order, we will reduce our operating costs, simplify our long-haul fleet and improve our environmental performance.”

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “Lufthansa is a recognised industry leader and this marks a significant endorsement of two members of our Trent engine family. This announcement also strengthens our long-standing and highly-valued partnership with Lufthansa, which has selected the Trent 1000 for the first time and continued to demonstrate its commitment to the Trent XWB.”

This will add to the 20 Trent XWB powered A350 aircraft that Lufthansa already has on order.

The news comes hot on the heals of another announcement that Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with STARLUX Airlines for 17 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft Trent XWB engines.

The ceremony took place in Taipei, home base of STARLUX Airlines, which will use the aircraft to develop a network spanning destinations across Asia and long-haul services to North America.

K. W. Chang, STARLUX Airlines, Founder and Chairman, said: “We are very glad to celebrate this important moment together with Airbus and Rolls-Royce today. I believe the signing of the official purchase deal for these excellent aircraft will not only strengthen our partnerships, but also boost the development of STARLUX to become one of the best airlines in the world.”

The Trent XWB is the world’s most efficient large aero engine flying today and the world’s fastest-selling widebody engine with more than 1,800 in service or on order. The airline will also operate the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology), offering high fuel efficiency and low noise.

City pool plan unveiled

Derby City Council is set to publish the next steps to progress Derby’s new swimming pool complex following a recent feasibility study.

In August 2018, the Council’s Cabinet opted to undertake an extensive study to look at increasing the size of the leisure water and making it more attractive to families.

The new plans for the old Moorways site on Moor Lane include a greater offering, increasing the leisure water by over 65%, and include a play structure elevation, two flumes, an exciting wave generating ‘wow’ ball, play structure, a multi-slide and a wave rider providing a more exciting and thrilling experience.

The enhanced leisure water area will provide more opportunities to families, with children aged up to 15 years catered for, rather than the previously planned age of up to 11. With these great additions to an already exciting project, this is the preferred option for the Council to pursue.

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Lead Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, explains

“The proposed enhanced leisure water really is a great addition and will give Derby a facility that will remain exciting for decades to come.

“The complex will ultimately change the leisure landscape of Derby for the better. I am incredibly enthusiastic about the variety of activities on-site, both in and out of the pool areas, with a gym, studios, café and soft play as well as the much-anticipated 50m pool providing a day out for visitors.

“These are excellent proposals and we look forward to delivering them.”

Nuclear R&D centre launched

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A vision to build a 65,000ft² R&D facility on Infinity Park Derby has been announced at the launch of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Midlands at the iHub on Infinity Park Derby.

The Nuclear AMRC is part of the UK’s High-Value Manufacturing Catapult aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry with a focus of the Derby centre being controls instrumentation especially in nuclear applications.

Speaking at the launch event, Chief Executive Officer of Nuclear AMRC, Andrew Storer outlined why Derby had been chosen as a location, starting with the opening of research facilities in the iHub. “Too much of the UK’s innovation sits on a shelf and we want to be part of turning this into applications.”

Also speaking at the event Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter declared “We are in this partnership for the long-term and have strong ambitions to build a major facility.”

Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing for Bondholder Rolls Royce plc made a strong case that productivity improvement can only come from a commitment to a continuous improvement culture, advanced manufacturing techniques and digital applications saying "Centres like this are ideal breeding grounds ...and give us the opportunity to be curious and ambitious about our future."

The launch follows the recent announcement that aerospace company Pattonair will be occupying a 125,000 ft2 new-build facility on Infinity Park

New hi-tech facility for Infinity Park

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A high-quality technology space to stimulate growth and support the city’s transport engineering supply chain sector at Infinity Park Derby has been announced by Derby City Council, with an investment of £19.3m, and aerospace company Pattonair is poised to lease the building upon completion.

Infinity Park Derby, is strategically located adjacent to the A50 and Rolls-Royce aerospace campus and will be home to the new facility. The new building will comprise an 80,000ft² warehouse, 15,000ft² of office space, with a further 30,000ft² of mezzanine offices within the warehouse. The Council has negotiated terms with the developers for the site, Infinity Park Derby LLP, and leading Derby based transport engineering supply chain company, Pattonair.

This proactive approach from the Council will help to realise the potential of Infinity Park Derby, act as a catalyst for growth and build upon the existing partnership the Council has with developers and landowners that has delivered the infrastructure at the site including Infinity Park Way.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said: “Derby is a world leader in transport engineering, and this is a fantastic opportunity for the Council to help grow and enhance the facilities we have within the city. This investment will continue to cement our commitment to innovation and growth.”

Pattonair has a long and substantial presence within Derby, operating from facilities with around 600 employees. The planned transition to a new purpose-built campus forms part of their 5-year strategy for growth, securing jobs and creating a stable future for aerospace engineering in Derby.

Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our plans for a world-class aerospace campus at Infinity Park. We are keen to work alongside Derby City Council as a partner in this exciting new chapter for Pattonair, delivering world-class service to our customers.

This new site covers 9.7-acres, doubling our operational facilities and allowing us the capacity to produce more and create new jobs. Should we get the green light, we aim to be operational during 2021.”

Leisure plans revealed

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Derby City Council is set to publish the next steps to progress Derby’s new swimming pool complex following a recent feasibility study. In August 2018, the Council’s Cabinet opted to undertake an extensive study to look at increasing the size of the leisure water and making it more attractive to families.

The new plans include a greater offering, increasing the leisure water by over 65%, and include a play structure elevation, two flumes, an exciting wave generating ‘wow’ ball, play structure, a multi-slide and a wave rider. This provides a more exciting and thrilling experience.

The enhanced leisure water area will provide more opportunities to families, with children aged up to 15 years catered for, rather than the previously planned age of up to 11. With these great additions to an already exciting project, this is the preferred option for the Council to pursue.

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Lead Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, explains

“The proposed enhanced leisure water really is a great addition and will give Derby a facility that will remain exciting for decades to come.

“The complex will ultimately change the leisure landscape of Derby for the better. I am incredibly enthusiastic about the variety of activities on-site, both in and out of the pool areas, with a gym, studios, café and soft play as well as the much-anticipated 50m pool providing a day out for visitors.

“These are excellent proposals and we look forward to delivering them.”

An extensive value engineering exercise has driven as much value as possible from the project. This has been carried out as construction packages went out to market and were returned over £4 million higher than was expected by our contractor. The current indicative costs for the original scheme sit at £35.8 million.

The total indicative costs for the enhanced leisure water facility along with the timeline for its construction will be available in the cabinet report in February.

Invest video launched

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A new video to promote the work done by the inward investment team at Marketing Derby has been released.

The Marketing Derby Annual Business Event, attended by 500 delegates, was a celebration of recent investments, achievements and future talent.

Marketing Derby showcased its approach to inward investment and the 'red carpet' tools it offers to investors and businesses alike. This activity has earned the inward investment agency recognition in the Financial Times fDi intelligence Strategy Awards 2018 as having the Best Investment Promotion Agency digital presence in the world, ahead of New York and Hong Kong.

Delegates were given a premiere viewing of Marketing Derby's new films including the Red Carpet Invest video, produced by AV-IT Media, which showcases recent investment stories, including Dedienne Aerospace, Annie's Burger Shack and BEAR Coffee Company.

Watch the video below

iHub success for Derby

Just months after celebrating its second anniversary, occupancy levels at the £12m iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park have passed the 94% mark.

Since it was launched in Autumn 2016, the 45,000 ft 2 facility has gone from strength to strength, attracting some of the biggest names in the automotive, rail and aerospace supply chain industries.

Regional, national and global businesses are taking advantage of the building’s strategic location on Infinity Park, the 100-acre manufacturing focused commercial and technology site. Tenants now include global aerospace giant Airbus; Altran, a world leader in engineering and R&D services; Composite Braiding, which specialises in thermoplastic composite braiding and VRCO, an advanced aviation company, which is hitting the headlines across the globe with the development of the world’s first British-made flying cars.

In February, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres (AMRC), one of the world’s leading manufacturing research institutions, is to set up home at the iHub while a new multi-million pound 50,000 ft 2 innovation facility is being developed on Infinity Park.

iHub, which has Enterprise Zone status, is strategically located close to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and within 15 minutes of OEMs including Bombardier, Toyota and JCB, with direct links to the A50 and M1.

The iHub provides high quality, flexible workspace for start-ups, early stage businesses and high growth SME’s looking to expand their role within the transport engineering and hi-tech sectors.

As well as offering 18 traditional office workspaces (from 127 ft 2 to 970 ft 2 ), the iHub provides 14 ground floor workshops for businesses seeking a more hybrid working environment. The state-of-the art workshops range in size from 375 ft 2 to 4,451 ft 2 and cater for a broad range of uses in a managed workspace environment.

Speaking about the success of the iHub since its launch two years ago, Councillor Matthew Holmes, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said: “The iHub is continuing to build on Derby’s reputation for developing and creating cutting-

edge technologies, particularly in the aerospace, automotive and transport industries. It reinforces Derby’s reputation as the UK ‘capital for innovation."

Alan Smith, head of economic growth at Derby City Council, added: “This demonstrates that there is strong demand for the quality of workspace and facilities and partnerships available at the iHub."

The iHub builds on the success of the hugely popular Connect Derby scheme, which has created a strong market for mixed use and sector specific serviced offices across the city at its six other buildings – Friar Gate Studios, Marble Hall, Riverside Chambers, Sadler Bridge Studios, Kings Chambers and Shot Tower.

Derby and Derbyshire is taking its largest-ever delegation to MIPIM in 2019

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The exhibition, which is held in Cannes, France, every year, will see a combination of public and private sector officials and members of the Marketing Derby inward investment team travel to promote the city and county to investors from across the globe.

This year’s event runs from Tuesday 12 March to Friday 15 March.

John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said: "MIPIM is an excellent opportunity to showcase Derby and Derbyshire to a global audience.

"We have had great successes in previous years with schemes conceived in Cannes and nurtured in Derby now forming part of the city’s skyline.

"Our team continues to go from strength to strength - the close collaboration, and support from our partners, is invaluable to our success."

As well as representatives from the city and county councils, Team Derby and Derbyshire will also include private sector support from headline sponsors The University of Derby and law firm Smith Partnership, as well as Justin Smith Architects, Faithful+Gould, Godwin Developments, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights and East Midlands Airport.

For the third year, Marketing Derby will join forces with other investment promotion agencies, councils and organisations to represent Derby and Derbyshire as part of the Midlands UK pavilion.

For further information about getting involved, meeting the team or finding out what events are taking place, please contact Katie Delve at katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk.

Landmark for city living

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Derby City Council has given backing to The Landmark, providing a significant boost to city living in Derby.

The gateway 17-storey building will bring 202 high-quality Build to Rent apartments to a vacant brownfield site in north Riverside having received provisional backing from the City Council Planning Committee.

The fully-funded £30m development will represent a welcome boost to city centre businesses with c.350 new residents using services and facilities.

Following lengthy negotiations, the application was determined last week, where Councillors overturned an officer recommendation for refusal, stating they are minded to approve the application subject to the applicant agreeing conditions.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby who spoke at the planning committee said: "We are fully supportive of the planning committee's decision and confident that the scheme will soon be under construction. People have been crying out for quality living options in the city centre and this will be a shot in the arm towards the vibrancy we all wish to see.. MD will continue to work with investors, selling Derby's case and helping them land successfully in the city."

Godwin Development's Managing Director, Richard Cornes said: "We are grateful for the support from Marketing Derby, the Chapter of Derby Cathedral and from major employers such as Rolls Royce, who have recognised what we are aiming to achieve in the city – a prestigious development which reflects well on Derby and brings more people to live in the city"

Derby top for millennials to start a business

Derby came second in the rankings for best city in the UK to start a new business if you’re a millennial, according to new research from online business print providers, instantprint.

The new ranking analysed the cost of living in the 20 biggest UK cities, along with average age, number of start-ups per 1,000 people, office prices, train reliability, recycling rates, superfast broadband availability, and the average price of a cup of coffee to produce the top ten.

All factors were selected based on research into what is important to the millennial generation and what challenges they may face in starting a business.

James Kinsella, chief executive and co-founder of instantprint, said: “As a millennial start-up company ourselves, we understand how daunting deciding where to set up your business can be – especially if you haven’t had much time in the workplace to build up capital resources and a great network of potential contacts."

2018 - A year in review

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As 2018 draws to a close, it is worth reflecting on some of the successes for the city of Derby.
The year opened with work getting underway on the multi-million pound conversion of Derby Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and UNESCO World Heritage Site, into a state-of-the-art Museum of Making, which is due to open in 2020.

Friar Gate Goods Yard, a major regeneration site in the city centre owned by CWC, also received a welcome boost with confirmation that Derby Cathedral School had chosen the site for a new secondary school.
February saw the welcome news that Derby City Council was pushing ahead with plans for 35,000 sq ft of speculative office space in the city centre, an announcement which was very well-received by a sell-out audience of international property investors and developers at the Derby Embassy at MIPIM. It was also revealed that St James’ Securities had been selected as the preferred bidder for the former Debenhams store, a scheme which would kickstart regeneration of the wider Becketwell area.

The return from MIPIM saw significant developments for city living in Derby, as a 105-unit BTR development received planning approval, whilst Godwin Developments unveiled plans for a 200-unit BTR scheme in the North Riverside area. Meanwhile, Infinity Park Enterprise Zone announced its newest occupier would be the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre which would establish a 50,000 sq ft base there.

A busy summer for Derby saw the handover of Agard Court by developer Jensco to the University of Derby, providing them with 244 purpose-built student flats. Work had also started on Prosperity Capital’s 320-bed Cathedral View, with a completion date due in 2019, and on King’s Crescent, a luxury Georgian-style crescent of c.40 apartments, with another 180 apartments submitted for planning in the Castleward area.

In the autumn, the University of Derby made a major announcement by unveiling plans for a conference centre, student village and new Business School. This accompanied the completion of a £200m upgrade of Derby Rail station and the submission of 800 new homes for planning at the Nightingale Quarter by BJD Investors and Developers. There was also plans for an urban village opposite Intu Derby whilst Kier Property Group and Next revealed plans for a 25,000 sq ft store at Kingsway, demonstrating confidence in Derby at a difficult time for the retail sector.

Follow Marketing Derby in 2019 to track the progress of these latest schemes and find out about other developments in the city’s pipeline.

Major new store set for Kingsway

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A public consultation has been launched by Kier Property Group on plans to transform part of the former Kingsway Hospital Site, on the west side of the city into a new Next store, restaurant and drive-thru coffee shop, which could provide up to 160 full- and part-time jobs.

The 2,415 sq m footprint Next store will replace the retailer’s current shops at Kingsway and Wyvern Retail Parks, alongside a 371 sq m restaurant, a 167 sq m coffee shop and drive-thru and a total of 207 car parking spaces.

The plans also include significant highways improvements, including widening the exit lanes from Kingsway Retail Park and the possibility of hosting one of Derby’s new e-bike hubs.

Dan Hyde, Senior Development Manager at Kier Property commented: “If the development is successful, we will look to widen the exit lanes for the Retail Park. What’s more, we are looking at greener ways to support the city and currently looking at how we can support cycling in the area. We look forward to discussing the plans with members of the local community to gain as much feedback as possible to assist with our proposals.”

Gary Robinson, Regional Estates Manager from Next added: “We have been looking to invest in a new Derby store for some time and the Kingsway location is the most appropriate. The new store will not only provide a better range of products for our customers, it will also create a better environment for our existing staff. We want to give the people of Derby the best of the Next store experience in what is going to be a top class building that is 100% relevant to the needs of the modern shopper.”

The Next store will feature homeware, café and click and collect, including Next’s ‘Express to Store’ collection service, alongside a fashion offer.

The consultation process will include a public exhibition about the proposals on Friday 30th

November from 3.30pm to 7.30pm in the Kings Highway Pub, Rowditch Place, DE22 3NH, with members of the development team on hand to answer any questions the local community may have.

A formal planning application will be submitted once feedback from the consultation has been analysed by the development team.

Rolls-Royce wins major new orders

Manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce has enjoyed a recent purple patch thanks to two major new orders.

Delta Air Lines has ordered Rolls-Royce’s Trent 7000 engines to power ten Airbus A330-900 aircraft.

The announcement brings the total number of Delta Air Lines Trent 7000-powered A330neos to 35, following an order for 25 aircraft in 2014.

Gil West, Delta Chief Operating Officer, said: “Expanding our A330 order book not only ensures that Delta’s near-to-medium-term widebody needs are taken care of, but also drives our strategic, measured international growth for the benefit of our employees, customers and investors. The next-generation engine technology from Rolls-Royce which powers the A330neo provides compelling operating economics, superior fuel performance and the range and coverage for our transoceanic needs going forward.”

Rolls-Royce has also signed a Trent XWB engine and long-term TotalCare service agreement with China Eastern Airlines for the airline’s 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

The agreement, worth over CNY10 billion (over US$1.1bn), is expected to be one of the largest deals announced at the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) taking place in Shanghai from in November.

Tang Bing, China Eastern Airlines, Executive Vice President, said: “The new A350 XWB aircraft will help China Eastern speed up our global expansion. The partnership with Rolls-Royce for engine and service supply will allow both the parties to benefit from each other’s advantages in terms of business scale, technology, development and cooperation, providing unparalleled experience to Chinese and international passengers.”

Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Customers, Civil Aerospace, said: “We are proud to have signed this service agreement with China Eastern, a much-valued customer, at such a significant event. Our industry-leading TotalCare solution will ensure the optimal lifetime performance of these world-leading engines powering the excellent A350 aircraft.”

800-home city living scheme unveiled

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BJD Investors and Developers have submitted plans for a revised Nightingale Quarter on the site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

After purchasing the site earlier this year, BJD were quick to outline their ambitions for the DRI, focusing on delivery of a high-quality residential neighbourhood. Plans have now been submitted which are expected to be determined at Planning Committee on the 14th February 2019. If successful, work will commence in August 2019, with the first homes available in autumn 2020.

James Dickens, founder of BJD, is excited by the opportunity provided by the site and believes the ambitious timeline is achievable following initial conversations with Bondholder Derby City Council and Marketing Derby. He said, “Derby City Council and Marketing Derby have been a pleasure to work with, their pragmatic approach and can-do attitude has been greatly received by us as a developer.”

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Two iconic Pepper Pot buildings still remain on the site and BJD have decided to make both buildings a key feature of the scheme. Other historical features of the site will be refurbished and restored, including the five villas opposite Hartington Street, following constructive consultation with the Conservation Officer.

James said, “Both pepper pots will be retained for community use such as cafes/gyms, exhibition space or visitor centres. We understand the sensitivity and importance of these local landmarks as the hospital played a pivotal role in the city and we want them to be enjoyed by all.”

The site is now expected to incorporate close to 800 new homes. Following consultation, BJD have decided against including retail on the site to ensure the Nightingale Quarter adds a sizeable economic benefit to businesses already established in the local area.

The Nightingale Quarter is also set to be labelled as a “green oasis” in the city centre, according to James. He said, “We have been working with Derby City Council’s planning team to create an environment which encourages an active lifestyle comprising cycle routes, promenades, open air gym fitness areas, children’s play areas and lots of substantial planting running through the main axis of the site. As a result we feel the scheme will have a much greater positive impact on the city than originally planned.”

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John Forkin, Managing Director of inward investment agency, Marketing Derby said, "This is an important step in bringing forward development of one of the largest city centre regeneration sites in the country. The Nightingale Quarter will be a desirable residential location in Derby city centre and, providing planning deadlines are met, should be developed at pace. I look forward to seeing this important part of Derby's past becoming a vital community asset for its future too."

“BJD have already made a commitment to long term investment in Derby by becoming a Marketing Derby Bondholder and we look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Bondholder Rigby & Co, who originally sold the site for the NHS to Nightingale Quarter Estates, then assisted in the sale to BJD. Russell Rigby, Managing Director of Rigby & Co commented: “BJD are an excellent fit for this site, they are all about delivery and the time is absolutely right to bring this site forward.”

All eyes on the ABE

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We know Christmas may just be round the corner but we're already looking forward to the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event 2019.

Held at Derby Theatre, we invite you to join us for a vibrant mix of films and presentations from special guest speakers at the city’s biggest business event of the year.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "We value the support of our Bondholders and kick off each year with some reflections, aspirations and a few surprises."

Jon Eno, Managing Director of Hot House Music, will be taking up the gauntlet in the 'Dare to Dream slot'.

This year’s event will be on the 18th January 2019 between 7:30am and 9:30am.

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Office development lands in Derbyshire

CWC has transformed the former St Mary's nursing home in Ednaston, Derbyshire into a managed workspace scheme.

Located off the A52 between Derby and Ashbourne, Ednaston Park is a period property dating back to the 19th Century and nestled in 18 acres of landscaped gardens.

The building was purchased by developer CWC Group in September 2017 and has been the subject of a major refurbishment to turn it into modern office accommodation.

Ednaston Park will comprise of 32 hi-spec office suites which will be available as single or multi-office lets, located across two stories.

It will include kitchen and break-out areas on each floor. On-site parking is also available.

Lucy Delaney has been appointed business centre manager. Her brief will be to offer a professional concierge service and establish a strong business community, which encourages collaboration and networking between tenants.

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Ednaston Park will be managed by CWC Group, who have recently relocated their headquarters to Ednaston Park from Brailsford Hall.

Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Andrew Bock, director at the CWC Group, said: “There is currently no managed workspace provision of this quality in and around the Ashbourne area, which means that many small businesses may be having to work from home, or travel to other schemes in Derby and further afield.

“Ednaston Park will meet the growing demand from businesses looking for an alternative to city centre-based working and enable them to draw inspiration from this stunning location in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.

Lucy Delaney added: “I look forward to welcoming our tenants and supporting them however I can as they grow their businesses. It’s a privilege to set foot in this beautifully refurbished period property every day and I’m sure the businesses that join us here will feel the same sense of pride.

“This character accommodation is set in a unique rural location, close to all major road links. Having undergone extensive refurbishment, many of the magnificent period features remain and work effortlessly alongside new high-quality fixtures and fittings, creating a luxury contemporary feel.”