Demolition work begins on site of Derby police station and magistrates court

Magistrates Court The former magistrates' court has fallen into ruin, inside and out
Former Derby Magistrates court The Art Deco court building is due to be restored and used as a business centre
Former Derby Magistrates court Many period features remain, including wood panelling in the retiring room

Related Stories

Demolition work has begun on the site of the former magistrates' court and police station in Derby, which have been empty for more than a decade.

The plan is to flatten the police station in Full Street but restore the court building, which will be turned into a library and business centre.

Developers will build apartments and an hotel on the police station site.

Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss said the project would cost £2m and would no longer be an "eyesore".

'Value for money'

"Bringing this back into use means not only do we get this local studies library and the office space and the meeting rooms but next door an hotel and apartments," said Mr Bayliss.

Former police station The former police station will be demolished to make way for apartments and an hotel

"We're spending £2m, a quarter of which we will get back from the Local Enterprise Partnership.

"It represents excellent value for money and brings back into use a grade II-listed building."

He added the demolition work was due to be completed by Christmas and building work by July 2014.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Derby



22 °C 15 °C

BBC Local Live

    Pre-election grass-cutting 09:27: BBC Radio Derby

    Labour-led Derby City Council says it's "a coincidence" that the four areas in which it chose to cut grass verges in the fortnight leading up to May's local elections were all Labour wards.

    UKIP, which won two of the wards from Labour but came second in the other pair, said the situation was "suspicious" but the city council said it was simply down to how its 30-week mowing schedule had worked out.

    Drive-in movie idea 09:18: Derby Telegraph

    Derby's Intu shopping centre has revealed plans to show a drive-in movie on the top floor of its car park.

    Intu Derby top floor
    Rams scout departs after review 09:09: Owen Bradley BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County chief scout Derek Bragg has left the club after just six months in the post.

    Bragg was appointed in February, but has left by mutual consent. The club say it's after a review by head of football Chris Evans.

    News on the hour 08:58: Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    The top stories in my 09:00 bulletin are:

    • Germany celebrate winning the World Cup for the first time since reunification
    • Derby City Council denies making Labour-held parts of the city look more presentable in the days before May's local elections
    • A patients' group says staff morale at the Royal Derby hospital could be improved
    • Council grass-cutting: 'Conspiracy' claim
    • DAB: Stations to go digital
    • Listen: BBC Radio Derby
    School reopens after fire 08:48: BBC Radio Derby

    A fire-hit school in Derbyshire reopens today.

    Fire engines at Stonebroom Primary School

    The roof of Stonebroom Primary School, in Alfreton, was destroyed and several classrooms were damaged in an accidental blaze on Thursday.

    Firefighters' strike ends 08:40:

    A two-hour strike by firefighters in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire has ended.

    However, a second walk-out is due to take place from 17:00 to 19:00 as part of a continuing dispute over pension arrangements which has seen strikes scheduled for each of the next eight days.

    Cricket: Derbyshire beaten 08:30:

    Derbyshire's poor T20 Blast campaign continued with their tenth defeat of the competition at home to Yorkshire yesterday.

    Wes Durston

    The Falcons fell 59 runs short of the Vikings' 183 total with opener Wes Durston being bowled for a duck.

    Digital announcement 08:19: BBC Radio Derby

    We are going to start broadcasting on DAB digital radio on Wednesday 23 July.

    This will be the first phase of our DAB rollout and will initially just cover the Derby area from a transmitter in Quarndon.

    More transmitters will be added at a later date to cover other parts of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

    M1 delays 08:13:

    Travel time on the M1 southbound between J29 and J28 is 60 minutes following an earlier accident involving a car and a coach, warns BBC Travel News.

    Dry and sunny 08:02: Mel Coles BBC Weather

    A bright start with plenty of sunshine. Cloud will increase from the west through the day but most places should stay dry with bright or sunny spells into this evening with highs of 22C (72F).

    Good morning 08:00: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    I'll be bring you today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

    You can get in touch by emailing



BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.