There are currently 13 tower cranes dotted across Derby's skyline. The city is undergoing a transformation the like of which it has not seen since the industrial revolution.
Having an approved masterplan and a public realm strategy demonstrates to investors how they might contribute towards the vision for the city and how the investment will be protected. This raises confidence.
The layout of Derby's interconnected streets and squares offer great potential; it is a very compact city centre, ideal for walking, with unfolding views and architectural delights leading onwards through the city. However, it is also fair to say that Derby's public spaces had been looking tired for too long. To meet the expectations of local people and investors the public realm needed a more strategic approach.
A major 100 million public sector investment has been agreed for the public realm in Derby's city centre over the next 10 years, and this forms part of the £2 billion of private and public sector investment in the pipe line to deliver the Derby Cityscape Masterplan. This will be a major contribution towards the renaissance of the city.
A lively public realm offers not only an enjoyable experience but it can also help to develop a sense of citizenship and belonging. The new 'look' for Derby's city centre will include attractive streets, lively squares and beautiful gardens, as well as restored historic buildings and inspiring contemporary architecture. The result should be greater prosperity, participation and social cohesion.