First images revealed of major mixed-use city centre scheme

Wavensmere Homes has released computer generated images of how the 11.5-acre historic Friar Gate Goods Yard in central Derby could look if the green light is given for the derelict site to be redeveloped.

A public consultation process has been launched on the scheme.

The landmark site could be transformed into 274 houses and apartments, alongside the restoration of the Grade II listed Bonded Warehouse and Engine House to create potential health and fitness space, a restaurant/café, a flexible office space and other amenities.

The plans also include new areas of Public Open Space, including play spaces and pocket parks. A new multi-purpose public realm and community space is also proposed for the area next to Friar Gate Bridge, with retention of some of the original railway arch facades. New vehicular, pedestrian and cycle access would be created at various points around the site, from Uttoxeter New Road, Great Northern Way, and Friar Gate, with the Mick Mack cycling route also extended.

Friar Gate Goods Yard has been in the ownership of the Clowes family for 40 years, with a number of options for redevelopment proposed but not progressed, due to heritage constraints and commercial viability. Following the public consultation period, Wavensmere Homes and Clowes Developments will submit a planning application to Derby City Council this summer.

James Dickens, managing director of Wavensmere Homes, said: “We are very pleased with how quickly our design team has worked to create the inspiring visuals for how Friar Gate Goods Yard could be reanimated. 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.

“In addition to our masterplan visuals, cross-section plans of the houses can be viewed on the Friar Gate website, to illustrate the innovative designs and energy saving technologies that we are seeking to implement. 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.”

Glancy Nicholls Architects is designing the mixed-use scheme.

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