Derby has been without a performance venue in the city centre since a fire at the Assembly Rooms in 2014 and plans are being developed to renew the building and re-open as quickly as possible.
The Council’s plans for a purpose-built £32m, 3,000-capacity Music and Performance and a larger Assembly Rooms car park were amended following a political change after the May 2018 local elections.
The ambition is for the New Assembly Rooms to be the cultural flagship facility to anchor an emerging cultural hub in the heart of the city which includes venues such as the Guildhall Theatre, Quad, Déda, the Silk Milk and the Derby Museums, all of which are in the Cathedral Quarter.
The re-opening of this auditorium will be a game-changer that will transform the Market Place into a vibrant night-time hub of leisure activities.
A new feasibility study is underway to determine the scope and cost of works required to have this venue open as quickly as possible. Options for the future operation of the venue are being explored as part of and alongside the feasibility study.
The result is due to go to Cabinet for a decision in winter 2018.
2019 is expected to be a busy year for the project. The intention is for plans to be developed for the renewal works and for the works to commence. In addition, a fresh Business Case goes to D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for permission to reallocate a grant to this renewal project.