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Fire damaged venue to be rebuilt

1 March 2018

A 3,000-CAPACITY venue will replace Derby’s Assembly Rooms, with the existing building set to be demolished.

The Assembly Rooms, run by Derby LIVE, the cultural arm of Derby City Council, has been closed since 2014 when a fire broke out in the plant room on the roof of its car park (see LIVE UK issue 171).

Following a council consultation, the authority has announced a £32 million project to build a new venue on the site, along with a new £12m car park.

“The purpose of it is to re-invigorate the market place in terms of bringing an active frontage to the area – it will be a fantastic venue and an iconic building for Derby,” says deputy council leader Martin Rawson.

The council says it would expect to hold around 420 events annually at the venue, which would also include a 400-capacity performance space.

“The next steps are the procurement of an operator, to develop an outline design for the new venue and associated car park, and explore additional funding opportunities from external public and private sources,” says a council spokesman.

Work on the build is scheduled to start in 2020, with the venue opening in 2022.

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