Plans to regenerate Ilkeston town centre stepped up a gear this week as ALB Commercial Investments announced that it was full steam ahead for the new show apartment based at former Co-op department store.
Councillors approved the ambitious plans to convert the upper floors of the former Co-op building into 73 one and two-bedroom apartments back in March 2017, after the firm successfully turned the bottom section of the property into retail units.
Insiders at the company, which has successfully worked on developments including Victoria Mill, St Peters House and Christonian Court in addition to, Delph/Leyland House, and who are finalising works at Falcon House with works commencing at Tameway Tower, have revealed that the public will now be able to view the transformation for themselves by appointment.
Arran Bailey, company director of ALB Commercial Investments, said that the new show apartment being released showed that the end was finally in sight for this mammoth project. He said: “We are delighted to announce that the public will be able to view our work for themselves. We have worked hard on amending our plans to meet the council’s requirements over the last few months, and this dedication has now come to a head with the show flat being released.
“The demand for housing in Ilkeston is rife, and there was a distinct need to bring increased footfall back to the town since the closure of the old Co-op department store back in 2013.”
The new development will include 73 one and two-bedroom apartments on the first and second floors and a car park. The plans also included external alterations to the fabric of the building, extensions to the roof and additional and replacement windows.
Speaking back in 2015 when he acquired the property, Arran said: “South Street has clearly been neglected and I understand that residents are worried about what is going to happen to the building. I viewed the building and instantly saw a gap in market for this sort of high quality investment.”
The firm had huge success in transforming the bottom floor of the building into retails units, which has already improved footfall to the nearby shops and eateries.
The companies currently based there include Coffee Vida, MP Maggie Throup’s office, Thorpes of Ilkeston, the Discount Party Outlet, and Snap Fitness to name just a few names who have taken leases with the firm.