Marketing Derby in Collaboration with the University of Derby for #DPS2021 video transcript


Derby Property Summit

Presented by Marketing Derby in collaboration with the University of Derby.

[Living for the City logo]

Dr Boris Ceranic - Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MSc Architectural courses, University of Derby

(Boris is standing in front of artwork in a gallery space)

Dr Boris Ceranic: The University Derby has for many years now worked together with Marketing Derby on some key challenging projects in the Derby city centre and in doing so we have looked at the number of the sites ranging from the north riverside at the back of the Council House, current Jury’s Inn site, Becketwell and so on.

We basically try to look at the ideas as to how those areas can be masterplanned and what, what in doing so what would be a new vision, new image of Derby, both in terms of placemaking but also addressing some of the key issues such as the climate change, sustainability, post-Covid world of the living. This particular presentation of four students that you're going to see today has been prepared for Derby Property Summit 2021.

(Architecture Studio with images of students' work pinned to partitions)

(Design illustrations: 


Francesca Moroz - BSc Architectural Technology and Practice, University of Derby

(Francesca is standing in front of two panels displaying her project designs)

Francesca Moroz: The project is an art gallery dedicated to Joseph Wright and his works with also workshop spaces as well and the site's located on Full Street and just where there's a vacant site right now on the riverside location next to Cathedral Green. The main concept behind the site is to celebrate Joseph Wright and bring a new site that's solely focused on him and celebrate his artworks as I feel like he's under-celebrated. (Design illustration shows people walking around the space outside the Wright Gallery and Studios, which has a tall curved wall and a square first-floor section over the main entrance.)

The main concept for the site was fluidity, so that goes with the riverside location, the fluidity of the water. Also across the way is the silk mill and the fluidity of silk I’ve really played with that and also with Joseph Wright his artworks heavily focused the chiaroscuro which is the light and dark within artwork and I decided to focus on that and there's a central spine through the building which focuses this fluidity and just presents a really nice place for Joseph Wright's artwork and other artworks to be celebrated.

(Design illustration: gallery interior showing art work on the walls of a white space with a glass wall at one end).


James Atkins - BA Interior Architecture and Venue Design, University of Derby

(James is standing in front of two panels displaying his project designs)

James Atkins: I’ve chosen to redevelop Middleton House, a currently vacant building, and the title of the project is pandemic-proof office.

(Design illustration: a map showing the large building in a central position within a square block of other buildings surrounded by streets.)

The basement floor is going to feature a new venue space, a Wellness Centre and retail, as well as hospitality, so it supports everything in these spaces.

(Design illustration: a cross-section of the building showing rooms of various sizes within a five-story building - plus a basement).

Onto the ground floor, are again retail, hospitality and restaurant. Moving up onto the upper floors, so the first floor is where the office space is going to be and this is going to be more bubble-based, so small independent meeting rooms and start up office spaces.

Onto the second floor, this is going to be a larger more collaborative space, so this is going to be larger rooms with lots of natural ventilation, natural light, and the top floor is going to be an indoor/outdoor working space. On the roof terrace with 360 views vistas of Derby and the Cathedral as well as an indoor space, the courtyard and the outdoor areas are going to feature outdoor venue space and an information centre with a walk-on terrace. So this will be a green roof where you can view the outdoor activities and venues.


Rebecca Deeley - BA Interior Architecture and Venue Design, University of Derby

(Rebecca is standing in front of two panels displaying her project designs)

Rebecca Deeley: My project is a refurbishment and extension to the Guildhall Market in Derby. I really wanted to kind of bring the nature of the Peak District to the city centre by kind of creating an oasis, so it's going to be turned into an extension of botanical gardens, winter gardens and then the fluidity and the organicness of that winter gardens going into the marketplace itself.

I wanted to keep the integrity of the grade-2-listed building inside as much as possible because it's absolutely beautiful, it's a Derby landmark, whilst also bringing in the modern and the natural into the space.

(Design illustration: people walking within an open interior using curved walkways and staircases, with greenery hanging from a mezzanine level.)

Within the space itself you've got bars, restaurants, open kitchen spaces. Inside the market hall itself you've got the market stores for upcoming businesses, new starters, small retailers, you've got seating space. In the evening time, night time usage the idea is to store away the small market stalls and then having it more as a food, drink, kind of live music area- almost like a hub of creativity.


Sam Taylor - BSc Architecture Technology and Practice, University of Derby

(Sam is standing in front of two panels displaying his project designs)

Sam Taylor: This is my final year project and we developed a master plan for the Derby city centre and the area that my building is located in is on Full Street near the Cathedral and we had different zones for the master plan and my sort of key area was an artisan theatre quarter.

(Design illustration: A wide, five-storey, modern building with a curved roof and wall-to-ceiling windows and a large, second-floor garden veranda.)

So predominantly it's a hotel scheme, but to keep access and life in the building throughout the day there are many different spaces which can be utilised for business meetings or socialising.

(Design illustration: interior open area with people sitting in soft chairs and on sofas, with potted plants and trees.)

There are restaurants and gyms, spa areas. There are rooftop gardens that overlook the Cathedral Quarter green. So the Buddleia Hotel is named from a native plant in Derby. The concepts initially started with a leaf and then I took these strains the strands of a leaf and sort of created these axes through the site it's the forming size of the building respects the size and form of the Cathedral next to it but it also stands out as it's not as boxy and square as the buildings around it.

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