Our City Our River

              Our City Our River Darley Abbey Weir                                               NIC Chair Sir John Armitt visits Derby


Project Update -

  • 395 jobs created (by end Quarter 3, 2018/19).
  • Estimated jobs created over lifetime of project - 8,042 jobs.
  • 128 homes created (by end Quarter 3, 2018/19).
  • Estimated homes created over lifetime of project - 1,050 homes.


The £95million ‘Our City Our River’ project in Derby has been developed to reduce flood risk through long-term and sustainable economic development, creating a high quality riverside linking the city centre with the river.

The project includes plans for flood defences which would protect many areas against a one-in-100 year chance of occurrence, and provides an ideal opportunity to release the economic potential of brownfield sites along the city’s river frontage.

The Our City Our River Masterplan – a copy of which is available by clicking HERE (www.derby.gov.uk/media/derbycitycouncil/contentassets/documents/environmentandplanning/OurCityOurRiverMasterplan2013.pdf) – looks to:

  • reduce flood risk in Derby
  • protect the city's heritage
  • promote sustainable economic development.

The flood defence and regeneration project will benefit riverside areas near the Alfreton Road Industrial Estate, West Bank, Darley Abbey, North Riverside, the Pride Park business park, Chaddesden, Alvaston and extend to the site of the former Celanese Acetate works in Spondon. The works are already underway as a phased development, due to be completed in around 2022.

D2N2 approved £2million from the LGF allocation for Phase One (2015/16) of the project.

Target benefits to be produced by Phase One include:

  • 1,140 properties receiving better flood protection
  • 16 hectares of brownfield land unlocked for development
  • 510 homes built
  • 700 associated jobs created.

Further investment in later stages of the project – up to £12million – are due to be released from D2N2’s Local Growth Fund allocation, following updated assessments of each phase’s progress.

Derby City Council, the Environment Agency and Government are also funding partners in the project.

In February 2019 Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, viewed flood wall defences constructed as part of the project (pictured above).

Regular updates on the Our City Our River project’s progress are posted on its website at www.derby.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/planning/our-city-our-river/

Project name

Our City Our River


Derby City

Total Cost


LGF Allocation


Project Completion Date

2021 onwards

Project Lead

Derby City Council

Approval Date

January 2016