First phase of £200m Becketwell development completed

David Williams, D2N2, Councillor Baggy Shanker, Councillor Nadine Peatfield and Paul Morris, St James Securities (Credit: Derby City Council)

The first phase of the £200m Becketwell development in Derby city centre, including the area around the former Duckworth Square, is now complete with the opening of Springwell Square.

Phase one involved the demolition of the former Debenhams building and the adjacent Central United Reformed Church, making way for the Condor building, which consists of 259 apartments available for rent.

The second phase of the Becketwell project is already in progress, involving the demolition of structures such as the former Pennine Hotel, Laurie House, and the building that once housed several nightclubs, including the Pink Coconut.

Initial foundation work is underway at these sites to establish the city’s new £45.8m, 3,500-capacity performance venue, scheduled to open in early 2025.

Councillor Nadine Peatfield said: “Becketwell is a key development for our city centre and the new public square is at its very heart. Our aspiration is to make Derby a vibrant place where people want to live, work, and visit and we are now seeing that aspiration become a reality.

“We understand the importance of community spaces and Springwell Square will provide a great opportunity for residents to come together and enjoy the green, outdoor space that it provides.”

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