Blots, eyesores and carbuncles
This page will look at some of the 'not so good' buildings and derelict sites around the city
First up is the old Derby police headquarters on Full Street. Closed in 2002 when the police moved to swanky new premises in Chester Green, this building was ugly even before it became derelict. Various plans have been put forward over the years with the latest being a luxury hotel. The council is hoping that the site will be cleared by the end of 2013 - we shall see!!
UPDATE - The site was finally cleared and has been replaced by a Jury's Inn hotel
The next fine example is the Tax office. This monstrous and oversized building backs onto the beautiful Georgian Friargate.
The next building has only just been finished. Set on the corner of Curzon Street it faces 2 beautiful Victorian houses. It has been built as the new home for the Bonsian and Herzogovian Community Centre but it says nothing about the culture of either of those countries. It could easily have been a doctors surgery or a vet.
This was once a thriving shopping area with various specialist shops set around an open courtyard. Closed down and demolished in 2003 the area has remained derelict ever since. Over the years a number of ideas have been proposed for its redevelopment but there generally seems to have been a lack of interest from the various private owners who seem content to simply hold onto the land and then sell it on when a profit can be made. The Council recently took over the entire site and there most recent proposal is for an ice-rink although this may yet change again