Derby’s new £3m classic car repair shop to open

Credit: Great Northern Classics

Later this month, the first part of a £3m Derby facility called Great Northern Classics (GNC), will open.

GNC, situated in the former Victoria Ironworks on Osmaston Road, previously home to the Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre, aims to become a hub for classic car restoration and storage.

In March 2022, Derby City Council approved a loan of £1.25m from its Enterprise Growth Fund, which supports businesses in Derby and its surrounding “travel-to-work area” with grants and loans.

To accelerate Great Northern Classics’ renovations opening, an additional loan of £250,000 from the city council has also been greenlit.

Construction work commenced in September 2022 at the former Victoria Ironworks and Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre. During this time, construction teams have stripped the former light alloy factory down to its original Edwardian features, revealing a building that has stood for 170 years.

The extensive site, featuring four factory buildings, will include a fully-equipped training school, a car storage area, an exhibition space, and entertainment facilities, as well as several small multi-use units.

Similar to the concept of the TV show “Repair Shop,” classic car owners will have access to upholsterers, electricians, mechanics, and bodywork specialists, all with dedicated workshop spaces.

The initial completed phase focuses on a humidity-controlled storage area specially designed for classic and vintage cars. This storage ensures that every car remains in excellent condition until the owner wishes to retrieve it.

The next phase, set for later this autumn, will introduce trader bays for skilled craftsmen and 32 small to medium specialist car repair companies. Together, they’ll create a comprehensive repair service hub for vintage and classic car owners.

The final phase, scheduled for spring next year, will offer a complete visitor experience. Individuals and car clubs can witness heritage vehicles and repairs in action. Additionally, they can host events for up to 400 guests in the 85,000 sq ft setting, all under one roof.


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