Planning Application Submitted for New 3,500 Capacity Performance Venue at Becketwell Derby
By: St James Securities
The exciting new performance venue will be located on the site of the former Pink Coconut nightclub and Laurie House offices at the heart of the wider mixed-use Becketwell development.
The purpose-built venue will be a fully flexible, scalable space capable of staging concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows, musical theatre, conferences, and exhibitions.
The venue will be owned by Derby City Council and run by world class operator ASM Global, the world's leading provider of entertainment, sports, and exhibition experiences around the world.
The planning application is set to be considered at the October meeting of the Derby City Council planning committee and will be accompanied by a range of technical documents covering matters such as traffic generation and car parking, noise, flood risk and ecology.
Subject to planning consent being granted, work on the performance venue is set to commence in early 2022, with handover to the operator in 2024.
Commenting on plans for a new performance venue, Oliver Quarmby, managing director of St James Securities, said:
"A new large-scale venue is a key component of Derby's masterplan for the city centre which has been developed collaboratively between the public and private sectors and we are tremendously excited to be working on this ambitious scheme to bring an outstanding, modern performance venue to the city.
"We have created a great scheme which will fill a significant gap in the city's cultural landscape. This flexible venue will cater for major music and comedy acts as well as a strong programme of theatre content. The conference and events capability will support the growth of the business community in the region.
"The performance venue is set to 'turbocharge' the entire Becketwell scheme, allowing us to bring forward a new multi-storey car park and hotel and will be key to the future reinvigoration and repositioning of Derby city centre."
Cllr Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said:
"This marks another important milestone in Derby's recovery plan and culture-led regeneration. The city is turning a corner and in the not too distant future, we will have a state-of-the-
"The progress made shows that Derby is serious about building back better, levelling up and securing City of Culture. Our local economy will be strengthened by this ambitious venue. It will be a great addition to Derby as a destination and support local businesses."
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