Derby City Council have appointed professional services firm WYG to design the new housing development at the former Aida Bliss factory on City Road, Derby.
The council acquired the site in 2018, principally to enable the construction of a new flood wall across the site as part of the ‘Our City Our River’ (OCOR) scheme. With the wall now completed the Council is moving forward with redeveloping the rest of the site to accommodate affordable public housing.
The new development aims to regenerate the long disused site within a flood zone, recognising its important heritage, within the Little Chester Conservation Area, and in the buffer zone for the Derwent Mills World Heritage Site.
The scheme will provide the council with around 60-80 units of accommodation of various sizes, retaining the Victorian City Road facade with a design that strives to achieve high standards in sustainability and energy management.
It is hoped that construction on the site will begin in early 2022 following the planning and procurement process.
WYG – which later this year will adopt the name of US-based parent company, Tetra Tech – is providing a multi-disciplinary team covering architectural design, heritage, energy and sustainability, engineering and construction services, ecology and traffic.
Councillor Roy Webb, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Housing said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to appoint WYG to this project. I’m looking forward to working with such an experienced and professional team and seeing their designs in the coming months.
“The Aida Bliss site is a huge opportunity for us to make use of this protected riverside location. We must do it right, and I’m sure we will.”
WYG’s project lead, Kate Paterson, added: “WYG are delighted to have been selected to work alongside Derby City Council and local resident groups on the re-development of this important heritage site. Through a fully integrated, collaborative approach, we hope to deliver a high quality sustainable scheme which is sensitive to its setting and neighbouring properties.”