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This Year Contenders

Winners of the Brighter City of Derby Awards 2018

Restoration Projects

First Prize

The Mill Managers House, Darley Abbey Mills, Darley Abbey.
Promoters: The West Mill Venue Ltd
Architect: James Boon of Lathams architects

This Grade I listed property is the last of the important buildings within the Darley Abbey Mills complex to be rescued by the promoters. Darley Abbey Mills are the most complete of all the Mill sites within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and were until recently under severe threat. The owners have found uses for the various buildings on the site which have enabled them to be restored sympathetically. This building has been painstakingly restored from near dereliction a few years ago, and now offer luxury accommodation for wedding parties using the nearby Wedding Venue.



Highly Commended
35/36 St Mary′s Gate Derby
Promoter: Capla Developments Ltd.
Architect: Paul Stanton of Guy Taylor Associates

These two Grade II* listed properties were until recently used as solicitors offices. They have now been carefully restored for residential use. Number 35 Has been restored as a single town house as it would have originally been used, Number 36 has been converted into apartments, and its coach house is now an attractive "Mews" style house. Care has been used to reveal and retain original features whilst providing modern facilities. For example the bathrooms have been created in stand-alone pods concealed behind period style panelling.



Bear Café Irongate
Promoter: Bear Café Company
Architect: Turner Bates Design

The promoters have sympathetically restored the ground floor of the former LloydsTSB (previously Derbyshire Building Society) offices to a café bar. The treatment of the shop front has been done carefully in accordance with the recommendations of the CAAC.


Special Award
Derby City Centre Shop Front Scheme
Promoters: Derby City Council and Historic England

As part of the Townscape Initiative, this scheme has led to the refurbishment and re-instatement of historic shop fronts in the City Centre and Green Lane conservation areas. Some streets, such as The Strand and Wardwick have been transformed into highly desirable up market shopping areas. Some of the individual schemes have been given awards by the Society in the past; but as the scheme has now finished the Society has decided to give a special award to those who made the scheme possible.



New builds
No first prize
Robinson Structures
The judges considered that a worthy attempt had been made to give this otherwise utilitarian factory an impressive reception area. The judges particularly liked the artwork adorning the firm’s car park which also showcases the firm’s products.