New bars planned for Derby ‘tram sheds’

Historic carriage houses in Derby, which are thought to have been built in the 1860’s to serve the former St James Hotel, could be transformed into bars and restaurants under new plans filed with the City Council.

If approved, the scheme will pave the way for further development at the site, including the construction of entertainment and retail space.  St James Yard lies between St James Street and The Strand and currently comprises an all-day car park.  The buildings earmarked for redevelopment are known as the tram sheds, although they were never used as such.

CWC Group have submitted a planning application proposing the refurbishment and change of use of the tram sheds to provide two new dining and drinking venues.  A shopfront on The Strand occupied by Smart News, will also be removed to provide a pedestrian link to the development.

The plans are currently being considered by Derby City Council and if they are approved, could lead to a second phase of work at the site.  This will comprise the removal of the car park and the construction of new build units to provide space for entertainment and retail use.  The aim of the project is to transform the yard into a “lively central piazza”.