Derby pop-up aims to ‘engage, inform and inspire’ as city gears up for £200m transformation

Derby city centre

Derby residents, visitors and businesses are being invited to have their say on a new vision for the city centre in person at a pop-up shop on St James Street in the city.

From Tuesday 9 August to Wednesday 31 August, a unit close to the £200m Becketwell scheme will play host to an exhibition and offer everyone a chance to put forward ideas for change.

Called “Derby City Lab” the pop-up aims to “engage, inform and inspire” people about plans to shape the city.

Councillor Steve Hassall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Decarbonisation, Strategic Planning and Transport said: “This is a great opportunity for us to hear what Derby’s residents and businesses want and to shape a new vision for how the city should look following the coronavirus pandemic. It’s about improving quality of life for local people.

“We want everyone to play a part in creating that vision by joining the conversation.

“This is the first time a city-wide future regeneration conversation has taken place of this size since the creation of the City Centre Masterplan in 2016. The previous plan brought about exciting developments within the city, including the Becketwell development and Our City, Our River flood defence scheme.

“These conversations around the ambition will inform the next stage in the process of developing a new City Centre Vision to be published in 2023.

“The conversation began on Wednesday 8 June and will run for 12 weeks over the summer involve engagement events with local residents, young people, businesses, the voluntary sector and other key partner organisations.”