90 jobs to be created as regeneration scheme kicks off

Members of the redevelopment team outside the building

A major renovation scheme that is expected to create over 90 local jobs has started in Ilkeston.

Beeston-based firm J Tomlinson is working with Erewash Borough Council on a redevelopment scheme across Toll Bar House.

Located on a main arterial road in the town of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Toll Bar House was built in 1930 for the Derbyshire and Nottingham Electric Power Company. The building was since acquired by Erewash Building Council and rented to public sector organisations- the most recent being the NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – before being declared “unlettable” by the council in 2020 due to its age and non-energy efficient design.

The three-storey building, known for its Crescent-shaped design, is set to undergo a comprehensive refurbishment scheme that will form 22 managed offices, including kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The project, which commenced in early February, has received £425,000 of funding from D2N2’s Local Growth Fund.

D2N2 interim chair David Williams said: “D2N2 is delighted to invest in the renovations of Toll Bar House to help meet the growing need for high-quality office space in Ilkeston.”

“Whilst the recovery from Coronavirus is at the forefront of our collective minds, we must not forget our need to limit our contribution to climate change, so I’m especially pleased to see that environmentally friendly considerations are at the heart of this redevelopment.”

Iain Davies, managing director of J Tomlinson’s refurbishment and engineering division, added: “We are delighted to have commenced works at Toll Bar House. When the internal upgrades have been completed, this iconic building will be ideal for new and existing businesses, located in the busy town of Ilkeston, which has convenient links to both Derby and Nottingham.”