Former Silly Sids Furniture Warehouse


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 the 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 develop 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.

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

  • redevelop three hectares of brownfield land
  • create 1,336 square metres of commercial floor space
  • enable the build of 99 new homes
  • help create 142 full-time equivalent jobs
  • lever in £29million in investment from other public and private sector sources.


Sale of the site is being handled by Derby City Council’s strategic property advisors Cushman and Wakefield.

For more information on the Becketwell Regeneration Programme, visit: