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 engaged the public and stakeholders on the emerging designs for the new Assembly Rooms between 13th May and 24th May 2019.
The council will collate and analyse the various responses received during the engagement period and will consider and reflect on these whilst finalising the designs.
The next step in transforming the Assembly Rooms will be for a planning application to be submitted in June with the feedback from the engagement period being included in the planning application.