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List of Winners for Brighter City of Derby Awards 2017


First Prize

Former RR Building (Marble Hall) Nightingale Rd

Promoter: Derby City Council

Architects: Bauman Lyons Architects

As Rolls Royce′s first factory in Derby, this is a unique part of the City′s heritage and is therefore worthy of restoration and preservation. The developers have gone to great lengths to restore and conserve this important building, particularly the Marble Hall with good quality materials and craftsmanship. They have found a new use for the building, by converting into small business units.


New builds

First Place

The new Infants Department at Derby High School

Promoter: Derby High School

Architects: Pick Everard

The judges were impressed not only by the original design of this small educational building, but also by its build quality, how it has been cleverly integrated into its environment. It is aesthetically pleasing but also fulfils its design purpose very well.


Highly Commended

The Innovation Centre at Infinity Park

Promoter: Derby City Council

Architects: Franklin Ellis Architects

The judges felt that this strikingly original building came a very close second to the High School project. The judges felt that the design was aesthetically pleasing and works well as an “anchor” building for this important new business park.




The Media Centre County Cricket Ground

Promoter: Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Architects: Pick Everard

It scored well on functionality and its contribution to the City and will be commended.



Bath Street Retirement complex Parkland View

Promoter: Derby City Council

Architects: Montague Architects

This project meets a pressing need in Derby for this type of “extra care” accommodation for the elderly. It meets this need very well and therefore scores highly on functionality and contribution to the City. Despite its size it does sit in its site quite well and is of reasonable quality.

It will be commended.


Cathedral Court

Promoter: University of Derby

Architects: GT Architects

The judges felt that compared with other Student accommodation in the City, this building does have some architectural merit is aesthetically pleasing, is quite well built, for its size sits in its street scene surprisingly well and is functional.

It will be commended.



List of Winners for 2016 Awards


West Mill Darley Abbey – Winner
Owner: The West Mill Wedding Venue Attending
The West Mill,
Darley Abbey Mills
Darley Abbey,
Derbyshire, DE22 1DZ
Architects: CTD of Clerk Bank, Leek, Staffs. ST13 5HE.
This was a most complex and challenging restoration to a building that was on the at risk register. The building is part of the Grade 1 Boar′s Head Mills, with the West Mill being constructed in about 1811. The mill complex is an important part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and is hugely significant in the development of the factory system. The owners have found a new use for this building that has enabled it to be restored in a sympathetic way causing the least amount of damage to the original fabric of the building. Indeed the owners have made a feature of retaining and displaying as much of the extant original fabric of the building as possible. The whole has been completed to a very high standard.


The Bell Hotel – Highly Commended
Owner: Paul Hurst
Architects: Conception of 54-56 High Pavement Nottingham
Extensive refurbishment of the Ground Floor and front elevation, including Front Bar and Function Room. Situated in a very sensitive Conservation Area, this is a high quality restoration of one of Derby’s most treasured landmarks and one of the City′s oldest buildings.

Markeaton Park - Commended
Owner: Derby City Council
Architects: BHB of Georgian House, 24 Bird St, Lichfield. WS13 6PT.
A much needed restoration and improvement of this listed relict of the now demolished Markeaton Hall. Excellent re-use of this building.


Shot Tower Building – Commended
Owner: Derby City Council
Architects: Conception of 54-56 High Pavement Nottingham
The latest of the City Council′s admirable scheme to bring vacant buildings in the City Centre back into use as shared facility small business development units, this former retail unit has had a complete facelift with a new shop front and refurbished windows creating a pleasant aspect to this busy corner of the City Centre.


New builds
University of Derby Sports Hall – Winner
Owner: University of Derby
Architects: William Saunders of Sheppard Lockton House, Cafferata Way, Newark-on-Trent, NG24 2TN.
A building designed to bring all the University′s sports facilities under one sweeping roof, this building is both stylish and functional. Sculpted into the hillside below the University′s main campus, the apparently low lying building belies its size, boasting as it does a massive sports hall, squash and badminton courts, well equipped gym and exercise room.


Castleward Phase I – Highly Commended
Developer: Compendium Living
Architect: HTA of 106-110 Kentish Town Road, London, NW1 9PX Jamie Ashmore Attending
The first phase of this important step toward re-introducing residential development to the City Centre, the development has been constructed with bright modern buildings respecting the 19th C street layout, but including a brand new “Square” which is the central feature of the site.


Markeaton St Cottages – Commended
Developer: Quarnmill Construction Ltd
Architects: Matthew Montague Architects of The Cheese Factory, Longford Lane, Longford, Ashbourne, DE6 3DT – Matthew attending
A very tidy development which respects the street scene and is a worthy replacement for the building that formerly stood on this site.





At this year′s coffee morning held at St Mary′s Parish Hall on Friday 13th February, a variety of building projects within the City were recognised for their contribution to the improvement of the City. For once the judges had a good choice of projects to consider, particularly in the restoration category, that they found very difficult to judge. The awards were handed out by the deputy Mayor of Derby Cllr Paul Pegg.
Many of the projects honoured at this year’s awards were financed either in whole or in part by Derby City Council. In this picture many of those involved are pictured.

Derby Arena  Winner

Back Row: Derek Jinks, Corporate Projects manager, ?, Alan Grimadell Civic Society Chairman, and Richard Williams Director of Regeneration.
Front Row: Mike Moore, Education, Cllr Rawson, Cllr Paul Pegg (Deputy Mayor), Councillor Alison Martin (Cabinet Member) Claire Davenport (Director of Leisure & Culture)

The awards were as follows:

Category 1 New Buildings

Derby Arena  Winner

Promoter: Derby City Council           

Architect: Faulkner Browns

Sadler Bridge Studios

The siting of this important sports and entertainment view gives it a striking and imposing position next to the City’s football stadium and makes an important statement about the City’s sporting ambitions.


Sadler Bridge Studios  Highly commended

Promoter: Derby City Council           

Architects: Bauman Lyons

A modest building in one of our more sensitive conservation areas, it blends modern features into a historic street.

Category 2 Restoration projects

Darley Abbey Stables  Winner

Promoter: Darley Abbey Stables Sanctuary LLP Architects; Brownhill, Hayward, Brown

An essential improvement of the Darley Abbey scene. Required architectural design skill to bring the various spaces into differing uses. Execution of the renovation work is very good and the retention of original features is pleasing.

Former Magistrates Court & Police Station  Highly commended

Promoter: Wilson Bowdens   

Architects: Maber

Ashgates School

The developers have managed to retain the original layout whilst adapting the building to a modern use. The workmanship and restoration of Aslin′s details are exceptional.


Ashgates School  Highly Commended

Promoter: Derby City Council           

Architects: Derby City Council Design Team

 Kings Hall Chambers

An imaginative refurbishment in effect retaining the 140 year street scene and many of the teaching areas as historical features plus providing effective upgrading of the existing spaces. Interesting retention and inclusion of existing features in the existing and new parts of the building.


King′s Hall Chambers  Commended

Promoters: Derby City Council          Architects: A+G Architects Limited

The Park Bikeworks

The Park Bikeworks  Commended

Promoter: Bennetts of Irongate Ltd   

Architects: MMA Design Architects Matthew

29 Sadler Gate

29 Sadler Gate  Commended

Promoter: Gordon House Investments    

Architects: Daniel Bland Architect



ABCD awards 2014

Recommendations for the awards


First prize: No award

Highly commended

Noel Baker School / St Martin’s Special School

Architects: Nicholas Hare
Contractors Balfour Beattie
Client: Derby City Council 

The judges were impressed with the internal design and functionality of the building. The building is designed with lavish use of space with broad well lit corridors and impressive atrium style stairwells. The judges also felt that it sits in its landscape well.





St Helen’s House

Architects: Brownhill Hayward Brown of Litchfield
Developer: Richard Blunt Ltd

This major restoration project of an important Grade I listed building has been undertaken with the utmost care and attention to detail. Works of repair have been carried out with skill and appropriate materials. The building has been sympathetically converted to be used as offices.


Highly commended

25 Sadlergate – Sally Montague Hair Salon

Architects: MMA Design Ltd
Developers: Mr G Sayers

Situated in one of Derby’s most historic streets this small retail shop has been carefully restored and concerted for use as a hairdressing salon. The owners have retained as much of the original fabric of the building as possible, whilst introducing some additional features of their own.

Sally Montague Hair Salon-2014



The Tudor room at the Bell Hotel, Sadlergate

Architects: Matthew Montague
Owner: Paul Hurst

Bell Hotel-2014


The Silk Mill Public House

Architects: Ibbotson Architects of Hathersage
Owners: Enterprise Inns Plc

Silk Mill-2014 


ABCD awards 2013

Sub-committee members: David Ling; Peter Billson; Robin Wood; Laurence
Chell and Peter Steer.

Following the meeting of the sub-committee last week, it was decided to make the following awards:

Winner of both the best Restoration Project and the best New Building:

The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby.
Corstophine & Wright for Derby City Council

The judges had difficulty in categorising this project. On the one hand, an existing building (locally listed and completed in the early 1950s) is being restored, adapted and re-used for its original purpose. On the other hand, apart from the façade, and ceremonial entrance and staircase, everything else within the original shell is entirely new.

In terms of restoration the judges were pleased with the way that the exterior walls had been carefully cleaned and repaired. The exterior has been enhanced by some additional features in matching stone, such as the steps to the new public entrance. Despite the judges initial reservations concerning the new large window in the West Elevation, the judges consider that this works well and provides the new public entrance lobby with a light and airy feel.

As a new building the interior is strikingly modern, being both impressive in its scale and ambition, to reflect its importance as a place of power and authority, but also as a place of work where council staff and the public alike can go to transact official business. The new Council Chamber is particularly impressive rising in a massive drum-like edifice within vertical wooden slats from the floor of the public concourse which surrounds it. The staff areas are all open plan, and commendably well acoustically dampened, giving an eerie atmosphere of calm efficiency.

Advanced technology is also a feature of the building, which claims to be carbon neutral, the power being fed from a hydro-electric scheme on the nearby River Derwent.

This is probably the most important building to be constructed in Derby for a generation.

Highly commended in the Restoration Category.

Office buildings adjoining Derby Railway Station.

Maber Architects for Network Rai

Situated within the Railway Conservation Area, the judges felt that this restoration was well executed, particularly the replacement and refurbishment of the windows to the original design and using appropriate materials.

Also commended in the Restoration Category

The Smithfield Public House, Meadows Road, Derby.

Formerly the Cattle Market Hotel, this locally listed historic public house has been sympathetically repaired and restored without any loss of character. Bringing this building back into use enhances the street scheme and brightens the environment.

The Bridge Inn, Mansfield Road.

Concept IDL Ltd for Spirit Pub Company


Built in 1790, this locally listed public house has seen many additions and alterations over the years. The present owners have carried out an extensive internal refurbishment, which despite its modern styling has enhanced the character and amenity of the building. Sympathetic external decoration and signage has resulted in a general improvement to the site and its surroundings.