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Project Update -

  • Estimated jobs created over lifetime of project - 450 jobs.
  • Estimated homes to be created over lifetime of project - 280 homes.
  • **NOTE - Project in pre-compliance phase, annual breakdown for figures not yet known. 

Commercial regeneration of the Becketwell site, in Derby city centre, has been an ambition of Derby City Council for years; and it is a key project in its City Centre Masterplan. Becketwell, once a busy shopping area, includes Duckworth Square and the former Debenhams department store (which closed more than ten years ago). Previous attempts to redevelop the site have been unsuccessful.

Derby City Council purchased Duckworth Square in 2014; and in March 2017 bought the former Debenhams building with the aid of £4million in D2N2 LEP Local Growth Fund help, which is also being used to prepare the Becketwell site for commercial sale.

In total, the D2N2 LEP has provided £8.1million via its Local Growth Fund allocation (in two separate grants) for the project.

The Council favours a mixed residential, commercial, retail, leisure use for the site; and estimates on completion Becketwell’s regeneration will create:

  • a new public square for the city centre
  • approximately 310 residential units in the first phase of the development, with more to follow
  • reinstatement of Summerhill Yard, and the heritage focussed enhancement of the area adjoining the Hippodrome
  • up to 25,000 sq m of business space catering for all markets, from start-up to established corporate occupiers
  • a new feature building to frame the public square
  • new hotel, restaurants and cafes around the square and leisure space
  • 500 pay and display car parking spaces in a new multi-storey car park.

In March 2019 a public consultation was held on the Becketwell plans, hosted by Derby City Council development partner St James Securities of Leeds.

An outline site planning aplication was due to be submitted in May 2019. Demolition of the former Debenhams building is set to take place in 2019with construction work then set to commence in spring 2020.

For more information on the Becketwell Regeneration Programme, visit web link