First glimpse of Derby mixed-use development revealed

2nd June 2023 | Jack Oliver

Computer-generated images of a mixed-use development in Derby have been released, which show how a derelict Victorian site could be transformed to create new housing alongside retail and leisure space.

The 11.5-acre Friar Gates Goods Yard could become home to 274 houses and apartments, while the restoration of the Grade II-listed Bonded Warehouse and Engine House may pave the way for a health and fitness space, a restaurant/café, offices, and other amenities.

The plans also show the potential for the creation of areas of public space with parks and play areas.

Wavensmere Homes is behind the project, which has been designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects. Emphasis has been placed on incorporating green energy solutions to achieve the highest EPC rating of A.

A public consultation is currently underway, with Wavensmere Homes and site owners Clowes Developments expected to submit a planning application to Derby City Council this summer.

​James Dickens, Managing Director of Wavensmere Homes, said: “Our plans are commercially viable, while maximising the amount of new public open space, and investing millions into saving the two badly fire-damaged 150-year-old listed buildings.”

“We hope that the people of Derby will engage with the consultation process and welcome the collaborative efforts being made to create something truly special here”, he added.


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