Conference centre will boost city, says property boss

A property expert has called for a new conference centre to help boost a city’s economic prospects.

Council chiefs in Derby are looking for ideas to regenerate the city centre.

Stephen Salloway, director of Salloway Property Consultants, said that a four-star hotel and conference centre in a revamped cultural quarter would be the best solution.

According to the Derby Telegraph, Salloway said the city lacks a theatre of size and scale, and a four-star hotel and conference centre.

He said: “We’ve got the Market Place, which is under-utilised, and land on the other side of the river to the Council House.

“This is space that I think could form part of a new Cultural Quarter that includes the river, which people always say we don’t involve enough. You could have a theatre next to the river that is lit up at night, with the four-star hotel and conference facilities on the site of the Assembly Rooms.

“If you’ve got a four-star hotel and decent conference facility, you will attract people from outside of Derby. It’s something the city needs to aspire to. I would like see the city hosting some of the big political conferences that currently take place in cities like Birmingham.”

“We are going to have to make the Market Place attractive for different reasons. It is an area that has been under-utilised for years.

“It’s a massive space in the city centre that should have activities going on all the time. Too often, you walk in the Market Place and find it to be a large, open, windswept area which just doesn’t offer anything.

“They need to come up with a plan for something in the Market Place from 9am to 9pm. The council will say who is going to pay for it and I accept that is an issue, so you have to look at commercial possibilities.”

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