How will Derby’s new developments affect the local property market?
Derby is a key city within the East Midlands, and has long been a driving force behind the region’s growing employment base. With an established manufacturing sector and a wealth of opportunities across professional industries, the city is a core hub in both the East Midlands and the UK.
As the city continues to live up to its potential, fuelled by a myriad of regeneration schemes, the Derby property market will reflect this growing positivity. Not only is the current demand far surpassing the supply, but with the population on an upward trajectory, investment opportunities within the Buy-to-Let market are imminent.
Discover some of the regeneration schemes that are driving the popularity of Derby, and what the city could look like in the coming years.
Nightingale Quarter is an ambitious housing scheme in central Derby, that is aiming to satisfy the growing demand for property across the city. Nightingale Quarter will emerge from a £150 million investment comprising two distinct phases – one for houses and one for apartments.
Located on what was once the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site, this project is one of the biggest regeneration schemes in the UK, covering more than 18.5 acres. Phase one included the construction of 125 two- and three-bedroom houses, which was recently completed. The second and final phase of the scheme is to deliver 675 apartments across the site, along with exclusive amenities.
While Nightingale Quarter will provide contemporary housing, the project will continue to pay homage to the site’s historic past, with the iconic Pepper Pot buildings set to be repurposed into a café, gym, exhibition space and meeting rooms. Not only will Nightingale Quarter deliver amenities and living solutions in a single location, but the development is just a short walk to the city centre and train station, as well as being under a ten minute drive from the city’s renowned university.
Becketwell Performance Arena
The Derby City Centre Masterplan is at the heart of the city’s regeneration, with clear intentions of transforming Derby into a hub to live, work and play. Within the project , the regeneration of Becketwell Performance Arena is key.
Becketwell Performance Arena will introduce a new performance venue on a former nightclub site, where up to 3,500 spectators can expect a variety of events, from music to comedy acts, sports entertainment events and much more. Not only will this new and improved performance venue be a hotspot amongst Derby residents, but it is expected to attract 250,000 additional visitors to Derby every year.
Generating more than £10m per year for the local economy, Becketwell Performance Venue will stimulate tourism, further inward investment and more employment opportunities, with more than 2,000 jobs expected across the entire Becketwell site. Construction for this project is set to begin in 2022, and will offer an insight into Derby’s bright future.
Castleward Urban Village
To complement Derby’s growing amenities, there will be thousands of new homes introduced across the city in the coming years. The Castleward Urban Village is a £108 million regeneration scheme, and is set to create an ‘urban village’ within the centre.
Spanning a 12-hectare brownfield site, the Castleward Urban Village has already delivered 164 new homes and 12 commercial units so far, but is on track to deliver an additional 672 homes. As well as delivering residential and commercial properties, the Castleward Urban Village will also include a primary school, which residents of both this development and the Nightingale Quarter will have access to.
With the increasing number of attractions and amenities that are emerging from Derby’s regeneration projects, an increase in the city’s population is inevitable. This growing population will most likely translate into a rising demand for property, which has made the Castleward Urban Village and Nightingale Quarter priority projects for Derby City Council.
HS2: East Midlands Hub
HS2 is arguably the biggest current transport project in the UK, and will eventually run from Southern England through to major Northern cities. With the centrality of the East Midlands and Derby more specifically, it is no surprise that the region has been chosen as a key transport hub within the project.
The East Midlands HS2 hub will be in Toton, conveniently located between Derby and Nottingham. As well as connecting the core cities within the region, this HS2 development has also encouraged the two cities to work together on strengthening the links between them to condense the commute to under 10 minutes.
In improving connections across the East Midlands and the wider UK, this is set to benefit the local economy endlessly. Not only is the East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy forecasting 74,000 new jobs annually, but this transport hub is expected to add an extra £4bn a year to the region. The creation of these new employment opportunities, and the increased economic contribution, can be attributed to the reduction in travel times across the country – 52 minutes to the capital, 27 minutes to Leeds and just 20 short minutes to Birmingham.
Silk Mill – The Museum of Making
Silk Mill is an iconic piece of heritage for Derby, and will long be a landmark within the city. To preserve Derby’s rich history, but to maximise Silk Mill as an attraction, this destination is an integral part of the city’s ongoing regeneration projects. From combining the old and the new, Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making emerged.
Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making is a recent addition to the city, and showcases Derby’s industrial roots, which can be traced back over 300 years. With Silk Mill being recognised as one of the world’s first modern factories, it’s an integral part of Derby’s past achievements. However, this new and improved destination is also focused on the future, and offers learning programmes and activities.
The Assembly Rooms
The Assembly Rooms is one of the latest additions to Derby’s regeneration projects, and is now totalling over £30 million worth of investment. With the local council’s ambitious plan to deliver a connected space consisting of retail, leisure and accommodation, the rejuvenation of the Assembly Rooms will play a key part in this.
The delivery of the Assembly Rooms will see a contemporary, large-scale entertainment and conference venue come to the city centre, which will work towards raising the profile of the Market Place. The regeneration of this space will focus on customer-facing areas, and will include a remodel of the entrance and auditorium to maximise the potential of this destination.
Once completed, the Assembly Rooms will be a flexible and diverse destination within the city, managed exclusively by the Derby LIVE team. With a proven track record of delivering events, performances, festivals and everything in between, the Assembly Rooms will be another exceptional addition to Derby’s unique amenities.
Arguably one of the biggest regeneration projects within Derby, the rejuvenation of Market Hall is worth over £11.2 million, and is aiming to transform the Grade II Victorian building into ‘everything Derby’. Originally built in 1866, the regeneration of Market Hall will be delivered in two phases.
The first phase of the scheme includes an extensive roof restoration, which was undertaken to maximise the building’s lifespan. Following the completion of this in 2022, the second phase of the project will begin, and will reconfigure both the building’s interiors and exteriors.
With an overall forecasted completion of 2023, Derby Market Hall will eventually house a diverse range of attractions, focusing specifically on food and drinks vendors.
Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said: “The Market Hall will support innovation and training, as well as housing, making and selling. New business will reflect the spirit of Derby and capitalise on the cultural opportunities provided by the city. It’s a vision we call ‘Everything Derby’”.