University of Derby reveals ‘masterplan’ for city centre

Derby University has revealed ambitions to develop its presence in the city centre and increase connections between its campuses through a transformative ‘masterplan’

The University of Derby has launched a transformative development plan designed to improve footfall in Derby city centre and increase the connection between its two campuses.

The city masterplan, which will create an academic zone and enterprise zone in the centre of Derby, was created in collaboration with Matthew Montague Architects.

The city’s academic zone will be centred around Derby University’s Sir Peter Hilton Court site and will have additional learning spaces, student union facilities, catering, lettable residential accommodation and office spaces.

The enterprise zone will be based around the Princess Alice Court halls of residence and Enterprise Centre and will include commercial lettable spaces, business start-up spaces and entertainment and residential spaces.

Prof Kathryn Mitchell, vice-chancellor and chief executive at the University of Derby, said: “Derby is a city with huge momentum and as its only university, we are committed to supporting and driving forward its ongoing regeneration, making a long-lasting positive impact on the communities within it and helping to enhance its overall offer.”

Derby is a city with huge momentum and as its only university, we are committed to supporting and driving forward its ongoing regeneration
Kathryn Mitchell, University of Derby

The masterplan illustrates Derby University’s “ongoing commitment and contribution to the inclusive and regenerative growth of Derby city and its surrounding area”, a statement from the university said.

The university also plans to improve connections between its university campuses at Markeaton Street and Kedleston Road.

“The links between the two areas we have identified are critical to developing a vibrant hub that creates a safe and welcoming space for students, staff and the wider public, and enables them to feel connected and involved in our city. This is an exciting time for both the University and the city as we move towards realising our ambitions, and we look forward to working closely with stakeholders as our plans develop.” Mitchell continued.

Last year, the University of Derby announced aspirations to build a new Derby Business School. The business school, which is expected to accommodate 6000 students, will open in 2024.

Architect Concept Images by Matthew Montague Architects


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