For­mer Deben­hams store to be de­mol­ished

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS -

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

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