Derby City of Culture 2029 – Looking Towards the Future

Despite just missing out on the UK City of Culture 2025, Derby looks ahead to the future after receiving a fantastic boost during the bidding process.

Derby was one of eight locations in the running for the accolade, however, did not make it to the final four.

The final four areas running for the title include Bradford, County Durham, Southampton, and Wrexham County Borough.

Many involved have agreed that the bid is a springboard towards rejuvenating the city.

This includes plans for a new entertainment venue for 2024 – the £45 million Becketwell Arena, which was a major part of the bid.

Other projects include the new Derby Business School, set to open its doors in 2024 and the recent announcement of the City Masterplan, which aims to develop the university’s city centre footprint.

The city council has now set its sights on the 2029 title.

Mark Richardson, Partner at BB&J Commercial commented, “It’s obviously disappointing for Derby to miss out but Adam Buss and his team clearly put a fantastic bid together so hats off to them for getting us to the shortlist.”

“I think we have to take heart that in many ways the campaign has been a success in drawing to many people’s attention, both in and out of the city, to what a vibrant and diverse place Derby is with a considerable amount of historical influence. I hope the city can capitalise on it to push forward with a rejuvenated and repurposed city centre. I very much look forward to seeing the next bid.”


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