Guest post by Councillor Robin Turner, Labour Member for Sinfin and Osmaston areas of Sinfin Ward.
I am keen to learn of the outcome of tonight’s Council meeting, which I hope will be the positive decision to approve the funding needed to refurbish the iconic and historical Marble Hall, enabling it to transform into a major community hub for the Osmaston Neighbourhood.
Marble Hall is a much loved building within Osmaston, not only by former Rolls-Royce employees but also by the local community. This is an important development, and the role played by members of the community through OSCAR has been fantastic, and I’m also pleased with the involvement of local Councillors for Sinfin for their efforts in promoting the plan through the Council.
This is one of the most exciting refurbishment projects in the country. The Marble Hall is an iconic building which will remain at the heart of the Osmaston community for many years and will attract visitors from Derby and surrounding areas when the work has been completed.
The Council has worked closely with OSCAR and local community groups to ensure that this beautiful building meets the needs of local people and will encourage jobs and investment in the local area, and I am delighted that we are now going to see another milestone achieved due to the activity of residents through OSCAR.
I for one have waited a long time for this day, and have supported this project or a long time so I wish this regeneration project to be a huge success for Osmaston.
Background to the Marble Hall project
Rolls-Royce occupied the site on Nightingale Road from 1907 to 2011. The Marble Hall building was constructed as offices in 1912 and extended to include the Marble Hall in the 1930’s. Although some remodelling has taken place, many original features remain including a staircase from 1912, the 1930’s wood panelled Board Room and the Marble Hall, with its Tuscan style polished limestone columns.
In 2007, Rolls-Royce relocated their activities from this site to new sites within Derby, leaving the Nightingale Road site vacant. In 2011, all buildings on the site were demolished, with the exception of the Marble Hall which was retained, achieving grade ii listed building in 2009, pending development as a Community facility.
Rolls – Royce has agreed to transfer the building and some surrounding amenities to Derby City Council in order for the refurbishment work to begin. In partnership with Osmaston Community Association of Residents (OSCAR), some of the design and refurbishment has already been agreed. There will be meeting rooms, nursery and café as part of the new community facility that will play a significant part in the wider Osmaston Regeneration area project.
The estimated cost for refurbishment works, including all project management, architect and legal fees is estimated at around £3.938 million.