Latest News | 24 April 2023

River project makes a splash at Derby City Lab

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The team behind Derby’s Our City, Our River (OCOR) scheme have launched an exhibition at Derby City Lab, to give people an insight into the progress of the project so far – and the next steps.

Since yesterday, officers from Derby City Council, who are working on the major flood alleviation scheme, have been at the St James Street venue, to answer questions about the project and share what’s coming next at Derby Riverside.

The scheme has its roots in the Lower Derwent Risk Management Strategy that was adopted by the Environment Agency in 2011.

Following public consultation, the Our City, Our River Masterplan was adopted in July 2012 with the aim of reducing flood risk in Derby city centre, regenerating riverside areas, and restoring and enhancing the historical, environmental, and biodiverse sites along the River Derwent.

Already the scheme has delivered enhanced flood protection to more than 2,000 properties, helping future proof the city against the effects of climate change and creating the resilience to provide new homes and jobs in Derby.

One of the key aspects on display at Derby City Lab wis how the scheme has enhanced the heritage assets of Derby along the river and celebrated the history of the area.

Art and interpretation boards have already been incorporated into landscaping, architecture and green spaces, while a range of archaeological work took place around the Chester Green area.

Visitors will also be able to discover the major environmental benefits that the scheme has been responsible for, including the installation of bat and bird boxes, and how works were carried out with the local plant and animal population in mind.

Catherine Williams, the city council’s head of regeneration and major projects, said: “The River Derwent is one of Derby’s major assets, but the city has in recent decades ‘turned its back’ on the river.

“The Our City, Our River programme has already transformed miles of land along the river, bringing new business opportunities, improved resilience, and enhanced biodiversity.

“As we start to move towards the next phase of work at Derby Riverside, we want to celebrate all the good work that has already taken place and give the public a chance to come and see what’s been achieved over the past 12 years.”

Derby City Lab, which opened in July last year, is backed by Marketing Derby, the city council, the University of Derby, Lathams and Clowes Developments. Its aim is to engage local people in the city’s future.

Amy Burton, inward investment executive at Marketing Derby and Derby City Lab lead, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Our City, Our River team at the City Lab.

“This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see first-hand the legacy work completed by the programme, and to discuss it with those involved in making it happen.”

OCOR will be at Derby City Lab from 12noon to 4pm, Monday to Friday, until from 5 May, except for Tuesday 2 May.

For more information about Derby City Lab visit .

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