Former Debenhams store to be demolished
THE former Debenhams store in Victoria Street is to be demolished next year as part of plans to finally develop the Becketwell area of the city.
The demolition of the former department store, which was vacated by Debenhams in 2007, will be a key milestone in regenerating an area which also includes the derelict Duckworth Square site.
By knocking down the building, city planners say the land and buildings behind it can be opened up to allow redevelopment.
The demolition and land purchase costs are being funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) D2N2. It has invested £8.1million into the Becketwell regeneration as part of work to promote economic growth in the region.
Derby City Council began its regeneration plans in 2014 with the acquisition of Duckworth Square, followed by the Debenhams store and ancillary properties in 2017 and then seven buildings in Colyear Street.
Council leader Councillor Chris Poulter said: “The demolition of the former Debenhams store will create a new gateway to Becketwell, and is a major step in delivering regeneration of the area.” The former Debenhams building