Interest in college campus continues

Estate agents say there continues to be “a lot of interest” in redeveloping Derby College’s Heanor Campus, which was controversially closed after refurbishment plans were scrapped.

Rigby & Co estate agents have confirmed this week that both local and regional property developers have shown interest in the buildings and the site.

Owner Russell Rigby further confirmed that developers have been considering mixed-use development, refurbishment, as well as residential led ideas.

Earlier this year, The News reported that the Mundy Street site – formerly housing the town’s grammar school – was being sold off after Derby College scrapped plans to turn it into a new education facility.

At the time of the announcement, Amber Valley Borough Council leader Paul Jones expressed his disappointment at the decision to sell the site.

He said: “Both the borough and town council could have offered financial support via a grant or soft loan and we are disappointed that it has not been considered.

“The loss of the studio school was a bitter blow for the town and the announcement that the college is pulling out of the town is deeply disappointing. It is also regrettable that the college’s property consultant did not seek the council’s views on the future of the site before the announcement was made.”

Last month we reported that there had been at least six serious expressions of interest from developers, after speaking with the estate agents.

This week, Russell Rigby said: “There continues to be a lot of interest shown in the buildings and the site, from both local and regional based property companies. Some are considering mixed-use development and refurbishment and others more residential-led ideas.”