Over eight million visitors come to Derby every year contributing £341 million to the Derby economy. With a £2 billion regeneration development underway, Derby is investing in new office, retail and leisure schemes to improve the city’s appeal even more.
Did you know these amazing facts about Derby?
- Derby Roundhouse is the oldest locomotive roundhouse in the world! A fact endorsed by the Guinness World Records in May 2012.
- Derby is the home to the world’s first ever factory – at the site of The Silk Mill.
- Derby has the world’s first public park at Derby Arboretum.
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery is home to the world’s largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings
- Royal Crown Derby is the World’s oldest surviving manufacturer of English fine bone china.
- Derby is continuing to expand its diverse food and drink offer with the city centre thriving with boutique coffee shops and independent cafés and bars.
- Derby is the UK’s leading Aerospace and Rail Technology city.
- Derby contains over 700 acres of green spaces.
- In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie famously tried to lead an army of six and a half thousand into Derby on their way to claim the English throne. They were unsuccessful and a statue to commemorate this event stands in the City Centre on Cathedral Green.
- The greatest 18th Century minds in science, engineering and philosophy got together in Derby and changed the World!
- Derby is the most haunted city in the UK!
The UK’s most central city and a perfect base to stay with the assurance of a great city experience including quality accommodation, entertainment, shopping and eating and drinking venues:
- Only 90 minutes by train from London
- Only 10 minutes by car from the M1
- Only 20 minutes by car from East Midlands Airport
On the doorstep to the glorious Peak District and nationally significant visitor attractions and popular places including:
- National Trust Trio:
- Kedleston Hall (7 miles)
- Calke Abbey (12 miles)
- Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood (15 miles)
- Chatsworth (26 miles)
- Alton Towers Resort (24 miles)
- Twycross Zoo (25 miles)
- Heights of Abraham (20 miles)
- Crich Tramway Village (15 miles)
- CONKERS (19 miles)
- Haddon Hall (26 miles)
- Buxton (35 miles)
- Bakewell (27 miles)
- Hardwick Hall (22 miles)
- Arkwright’s Mill (16 miles)
- Denby Pottery (9 miles)
Facts and Figures:
Derby was officially declared a city in 1977 by Queen Elizabeth II and became a unitary authority in 1997.
It has a rich industrial heritage and boasts the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, which stretches 15 miles along the River Derwent from Derby to Matlock Bath.
The economy of Derby has traditionally been based around manufacturing and engineering. The city has successfully transformed its traditional manufacturing capabilities into a high-skilled economy that competes on a global scale – especially in the technological and engineering industries, with rail and aerospace being the city’s main industrial powers.
Derby is a city of 254,300 people with around 180 nationalities and covers an area of around 30.13 square miles. Minority ethnic communities represent approximately 25% of Derby’s population (2011), which has increased from 15.7% in 2001. The city is divided into 17 local electoral wards.
Council news - https://news.derby.gov.uk/
Council 50 pledges - http://www.derby.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/vision-derby/pledges/
Leisure - http://www.inderby.org.uk/
Events - http://www.derbylive.co.uk/
City Centre living:
Historically, Derby’s main employers have been situated in the suburbs with the centre being home to civic and retail uses resulting in less housing being needed in the centre.
However, in 2014 the City Council, Marketing Derby and several influential private companies, recognised that without people living in the city centre, Derby could never fully flourish, and started to market the opportunities available, explaining the city’s economic strength, high quality of life and low city living stock at events such as MIPIM.
Following £2 billion of investment, the city centre is now a desirable place to live, providing residents with restaurants, entertainment and great connectivity, and attracting residents young and old. Derby’s seeing evidence of businesses returning as they recognise the benefits of having a presence.
Student schemes on Cathedral Road, Friar Gate and Agard Street (750 new units) are bringing a sense of vibrancy, whilst apartments on Cathedral Green, Brook Street, Castleward and Friar Gate (430 new units) provide new customers for the shops and restaurants around them, whilst being desirable enough to sell out before showrooms even opened!
And what next? Middleton House is set to become luxury apartments in the heart of the city centre, Agard Street, now a main gateway into Derby, has the potential to be a true cityscape with several significant schemes, a mix of student and private accommodation, in planning at the moment, a proposal for Derby’s tallest building is imminent, to be situated on Phoenix Street which shows a statement of confidence in the city centre, not to mention new schemes on Cathedral Road, Mansfield Road, Raynesway and Ashbourne Road, all of which have received planning permission recently (another 450 new units).
For the first time ever in Derby, 2017 has seen more housing built in the city centre than in the rest of the city centre combined and the momentum shows no signs of stopping. Look out for more cranes on the skyline bringing more vibrancy to the streets in 2018.