Becketwell Derby, UK
Becketwell is a comprehensive regeneration of this City Centre area. This will include a mix of homes, workspace, retail and leisure uses in addition to a new public square for the city.
The Becketwell area of Derby takes up 3.5% of the city centre. Over the years, gravity had moved away from centre, and the aim was to attract people back to live, work and play. There had been many regeneration plans, but none came to fruition. We have designed a phased mixed-use scheme that balances placemaking with deliverability. Each phase contributes to a compelling narrative, but can also stand alone from a viability perspective.
The design includes a new public square to open up the area, complete with a new feature building to draw in major employers. Phase 1 features an 11-storey, 259 unit residential scheme with a ground floor restaurant and cafe, which adds a new scale to Becketwell.
The scheme will then continue organically, ultimately featuring a new hotel, restaurants and cafes flowing out from the square, with a new multi-storey car park to support the increased footfall. Up to 25,000 sq. m of business space will cater for start-ups through to established corporates.
Becketwell also has a conservation area, with Victorian structures that have been added to over time. We analysed the history of the entire site, identifying what to demolish and what to retain so as to restore the sense of heritage. This included recreating the historic Summerhill Yard as a new public area to enhance the public realm.
Phase 1 has been granted unanimous planning permission and is moving forwards on site in 2021 to deliver the start of residential element of the project