Derby City Council’s planning committee voted in favour of plans submitted by St James Securities for the 3,500 capacity performance venue as part of the £200m Becketwell regeneration scheme.
The performance venue, which will be delivered as part of phase two of the scheme, will be owned by Derby City Council and managed by ASM Global, who are the world’s leading venue management and services company.
In the UK their portfolio includes Wembley SSE Arena, Manchester AO Arena, Newcastle Utilita Arena, Hull Bonus Arena, Leeds first direct Arena and Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena.
The venue is expected to be a significant attraction for Derby, adding a much-needed new cultural venue. It will offer a much larger, more flexible space than the city has had in the past and will collaborate with and complement the activities of Derby Arena to provide the best possible events programme for Derby.
The purpose-built venue will be a fully flexible, scalable space capable of staging a range of concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows, musical theatre, conferences, and exhibitions. The main auditorium will have a maximum capacity of 3,500 and offer a range of different event configurations including a fully seated layout for up to 2,100.
Along with a busy concert and entertainment programme, the venue will also host a wide range of business events. The venue has already received the support of the city’s key stakeholders and business leaders.
Organisations including D2N2 LEP, East Midlands Chamber, the University of Derby, Derbion, Marketing Derby, Derby Live, Déda, QUAD, Derby College, Pauline Lathan MP, Amanda Solloway MP, the Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter BIDS all wrote letters in support of the planning application.
It is anticipated the venue will host over 200 cultural and commercial events each year and attract an additional 250,000 visitors to Derby. It is also expected to create over 200 new local jobs, generate more than £10m per year for the area and increase levels of investment in surrounding areas of the city centre.
It is anticipated the venue will be ready to welcome visitors in late 2024.