200 jobs on the way at new performance venue

Work is set to begin on phase two of the Becketwell regeneration scheme

Demolition work has begun on phase two of the £200m Becketwell regeneration scheme in Derby, paving the way for a 3,500 capacity performance venue which has been described as the “most significant” development in the city centre since the Westfield Centre was created.

The new venue is expected to create 200 local jobs and generate more than £10m per year for the area.

It will be owned by Derby City Council and managed by ASM Global.

Derby-based Cawarden is set to carry out structural demolition work on the site of the former Pink Coconut nightclub, NCP car park, Padley House and Dubrek Studios before construction work on the venue begins in January 2023.

The build is scheduled to complete in late 2024.

Cawarden is expected to begin the demolition work in June/July this year, with final clearance of the site set to finish in Autumn.

Dan Murray, construction director at St James Securities, said: “It’s great to see work start on phase two of the Becketwell regeneration scheme, which is set to create an exciting and vibrant city centre, where people will want to live, work and enjoy their leisure time.

“Cawarden is a well-known local specialist contractor whose team are familiar with the site, having already demolished the former Debenhams store and Central United Reformed Church.

“Our programme currently remains on track, with construction work on the performance venue set to commence in January 2023, with completion and handover to ASM Global in late 2024.”