Derby's Victorian GNR Warehouse to be Restored
Yet again we are hearing the news that the former GNR Warehouse in Derby is going to be restored and this time let’s hope that it is going to happen.
After being allowed to fall into dereliction by the current owners for over 40 years and failed schemes they are now promising to have the building fully repaired and brought back into use within 2 years.
The site that is known as the Friar Gate Goods Yard, includes the Grade II Victorian GNR Warehouse, Engine Shed and Friar Gate Bridge all of which are at-risk being in condition that is beyond economical repair. However, it is hoped that money from the part of the site that is going to be used for the construction of the “Derby Cathedral School” will bring in the funds to transform the future of the derelict Warehouse.
Approval of the new school to enter the pre-opening phase has been granted by the Department of Education with it progressing towards opening in September 2018. Temporary accommodation at Midland House in Nelson Street will be used initially whilst a new state-of-the-art building is constructed at the Goods Yard site.
Dean of the Cathedral, The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance says:
“Derby Cathedral School is opening in response to local support for our proposals to provide high-quality education provision within a nurturing Church of England environment and to help meet the need for more Secondary School places.
We are delighted that we can now announce where the permanent site for the school will be. Friar Gate Goods Yard was our preferred location from the very beginning of the process due to its central location within close proximity to the Cathedral, and its need for development to enhance the infrastructure of the City”.
No further details of how funding from the development will be secured have been released and the owners Clowes Developments say they are “currently working on a planning application” for submission Derby City Council in late spring.
The building has been on our radar for many years and of particular interest of one our trustees, who has put forward ideas for reuse and raised awareness that resulted in the building being included on the Victorian Society Top 10 Endangered Buildings list.