About Us

The Derby City Lab is a true public/private partnership success story, based on the concept of Urban Rooms in cities such as London, Amsterdam and Shanghai.

Partners in the Lab include Marketing Derby, Derby City Council, University of Derby, Lathams, Derbion and Clowes – all of whom recognise it as a valuable tool in terms of engaging the wider public.

What happens at the Lab?

The Lab is a hub for engaging the wider community in better understanding the evolution of the city and the investment pipeline.

Come in and find out more about how the city is changing. Explore the City Living Room which showcases Derby’s 300-year innovation history and hosts a range of exhibitions and discussion groups focused on ideas to regenerate Derby.

Why not share your view on the development of our place…

View the brand new Derby City Model

Commissioned for 2024, a new detailed 3D model of Derby city centre has been unveiled at the Derby City Lab to help visitors visualise the city’s ongoing regeneration story.

The model features familiar landmarks as well as developments in the pipeline and is similar to those found in other city labs.

Featuring over £1.4bn of investment projects and £594m developments in the pipeline, the 2.5-metre-long model is the first comprehensive Derby model of its kind.

You can view the model by visiting the City Lab on level 2 of the Derbion.

Award-winning Partnership

The partnership behind Derby City Lab has been recognised with a prestigious national award. The collaboration behind the concept scooped the Public/Private Partnership Award at the EG Awards 2023.

Upcoming exhibitions and events

There’s always something different going on at the Lab. Pop-in to find out more.

  • 08th May
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 08th May 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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  • INVITATION ONLY
    16th May
    Discussion group
    Derby Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting (DEDAC)
    Invite Only
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Thursday, 16th May 2024
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  • 30th May
    Event
    Derby Book Festival: Children’s Book Drop
    30 May – 5 June
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Thursday, 30th May 2024
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  • 19th Jun
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 19th June 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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  • 17th Jul
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 17th July 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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  • 14th Aug
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 14th August 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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  • 11th Sep
    Tour
    Derby Insider Tour
    Free event, open to the public
    Derby City Lab, Derbion
    Wednesday, 11th September 2024
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Virtual Tour

There’s nothing better than visiting the Derby City Lab in person. However, you can now take a virtual tour of our dynamic space by visiting Google Street View.

Our virtual tour allows you to step inside the Lab and explore the space, including the Derby City Model, from the comfort of your home.

Our history

The Derby City Lab was created in 2022. Its first edition was based in the historic Cathedral Quarter in Derby city centre, at 19-21 St James’s Street, placing us at the heart of the city’s regeneration frontline.

It hosted a range of events, workshops and exhibitions by a diverse group of organisations and welcomed over 1,200 visitors.

At the end of 2023, the Lab closed its doors on its first chapter to move across the city to a new location and wider audience in Derbion shopping centre.