Derby's New Performance Venue Starts To Take Shape

By: St James Securities
DERBY, U.K. - Dec. 19, 2023 - PRLog -- Derby's new £45.8 entertainment and conference venue has reached another milestone as the auditorium starts to take shape.

Just five months after main contractors Bowmer + Kirkland moved on site, the steelwork alongside rows of concrete steps which will become a tiered seating area is clearly visible.

Councillor Nadine Peatfield, said:

"It's thrilling to see the building being built from the 'inside out' with the seating area being installed before the walls. It's amazing to think this time next year the venue will be almost complete and getting ready to open.

"This new and flexible space is a key part of putting culture back into the heart of Derby.

"The progress of the scheme so far is giving the city a real buzz and we are already talking to business and shop owners in the area to discuss how they will handle the increased footfall that the venue will bring."

In the coming weeks, additional steel beams will be fitted to create the roof, ready for the concrete pour in early 2024. This will be followed by a layer of insulation, plasterboard and quilting to ensure the building is soundproofed.

The finished building will contain 1,200 tonnes of steel. Heavy machinery is helping the 10 operatives responsible for fixing the steel into place. The heaviest single piece weighs 3.5 tonnes and the longest single span of steel is 12.9 metres.

Bowmer +Kirkland Contracts Manager, Stephen Green said:

"This is an exciting milestone as the purpose of the building is now starting to reveal itself.

"Despite the recent inclement weather, construction is on programme and we are delighted to be working with all our project partners to bring such an exciting development to Derby and the wider region."

Paul Morris, Development Director at St James Securities, added:

"It's great to see the new entertainment venue taking shape in front of our eyes. This fantastic venue will offer a more flexible space than Derby has had and will complement the activities of Derby Arena to provide the best possible events programme for Derby and the wider region."

Set to host over 200 cultural and commercial events each year, the venue is expected to attract an additional 250,000 visitors to Derby, create over 200 new local jobs, and increase levels of investment in surrounding areas of the city centre.

The venue will be owned by Derby City Council and leased to and operated by ASM Global, a leading venue management company, whose UK portfolio includes OVO Arena Wembley, AO Arena, and Olympia and OVO Hydro.

Practical completion and handover are scheduled for the first quarter of 2025, just a couple of weeks later than was originally planned when contracts were signed in March 2022.

Donna Hill
BH PR Communications Ltd
Source:St James Securities
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