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Friar Gate Goods Yard

Reviving the Past, Building the Future

In collaboration with Wavensmere Homes and Clowes Developments, GNA has obtained planning approval for the ambitious proposal of the revitalisation of the historic Friar Gate Goods Yard. This comprehensive redevelopment plan envisions the transformation of two prominent Grade II listed structures, the 19th Century Bonded Warehouse and Engine House, into a dynamic commercial hub spanning 110,000 sq ft. Once meticulously restored these buildings will contain flexible workspace, health and fitness facilities, and restaurant/café located around a dramatic triple height atrium. Alongside this, the project provides the construction of 276 new homes across the sprawling 11.5-acre site, a new sustainable and vibrant community in the heart of Derby City Centre.

The redevelopment plan detailed by GNA prioritises exemplary placemaking, offering a blend of community uses, vibrant linear parks, and public spaces that allow the residents of Derby to engage with these heritage assets. Additionally, GNA's design emphasises sustainability, employing low carbon materials, modern construction techniques, and renewable energy generation. The proposed development also seeks to retain protected mature trees and enhance biodiversity and integrate sustainable drainage within the communal garden spaces.

GNA's innovative approach extends to the housing design, offering diverse typologies that cater to the Derby demographic. These energy-efficient homes come complete with private gardens, terraces, and access to communal green spaces, fostering a sense of community within the Friar Gate Goods Yard.

By merging historic preservation, sustainable design, and community engagement, GNA's landmark scheme envisions a vibrant, cohesive community where heritage and modernity coexist harmoniously.


The Friar Gate Goods Yard was intended as the main goods depot for the Great Northern Railway line, to handle coal, livestock, timber, and metals. Designed in 1870, and entering operation in 1878, the Bonded Warehouse building contained extensive warehouse space and offices. It was used as a store for the American Army in WWII to house ammunition and other supplies.

The Engine House was also built for the Railway by Kirk & Randall of Sleaford. It is Italianate in style and built from Welsh slate roofs. The Engine House supplied power to the hydraulic lifts and capstans at the Bonded Warehouse. The site first became derelict in 1967, and overtime became overgrown and fell into a poor state of repair. An arson attack took place at the Goods Yard in 2020, which exposed the whole inner iron structure of the two historic buildings.

Bonded Warehouse Friar Gate

The opportunity to work collaboratively to reanimate this landmark city centre site is an honour and the plans showcase our vision, fine attention to detail, and bold investment into this nationally important regeneration project.

James Dickens Managing Director of Wavensmere Homes