New Assembly Rooms

Your views on the emerging designs for the new Assembly Rooms 

Derby’s ambition is to have a contemporary large-scale entertainment and conference venue in the city centre, animating and enhancing the vitality of the Market Place. Derby City Council is fulfilling this ambition by delivering a new and improved Assembly Rooms for Derby.

The new Assembly Rooms will be key to a vibrant city centre. It aligns with the key priority of Derby’s City Centre Masterplan 2030, complementing a mix of retail, leisure and accommodation developments. It will act as a catalyst for further investment and to rejuvenate Derby into a thriving city that can compete on every level.

Derby City Council has appointed Perfect Circle to design the new Assembly Rooms. It has a successful track record of delivering projects across the UK, having recently delivered the 900-seat Leicester Haymarket Theatre, which had previously been closed for 11 years.

Derby City Council will soon be submitting a planning application for external changes associated with the plans for the venue. The new designs set out both the essential works that must take place so that the Assembly Rooms can reopen, and the enhancements to ensure it is a venue fit for the 21st century.

The Council has chosen to run the new Assembly Rooms in-house through a commercially refocused Derby LIVE. Derby LIVE is the Council’s own award-winning team, highly-experienced in providing events, performances and festivals for the city, across a range of indoor and outdoor spaces.

Before submitting the planning application, Derby City Council would like to take this opportunity to share the designs with you. For the first time you can take a look at what the new Assembly Rooms could look like and see the changes that will be made to the building as part of this exciting project.

Derby’s new Assembly Rooms - your views on the emerging design Booklet

How you can give your views

In person

Two public events Derby City Council will be hosting on 14th and 22nd May 2019 in the Guildhall Theatre Clubroom off the Market Place (entrance located opposite the main entrance to the theatre under the arches). You will be able to come along speak to members of the project team and see the designs between 10.00am and 6.00pm on 14th May 2019 and 9.00am – 5.00pm on 22nd May 2019. 


If you can’t come along in person, there is also an opportunity for you to give us your views by completing this short online questionnaire here. Before completing the short online questionnaire please make sure to have a look at Derby’s new Assembly Rooms - your views on the emerging design Booklet as it includes artist impressions of the emerging designs of the new Assembly Rooms. 

Derby City Council are inviting people to give their views until 24th May 2019.

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Contact details

Post address:
Regeneration Projects, Derby City Council, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby DE1 2FS
Project Manager: Samuel Rosillo
Phone: 01332 641 738