Leaving St Peter's Churchyard and nipping down to the other end of East Street, we can see some of the newest developments in the city; so new, in fact, that bits of this are still under construction. This is part of the controversial Riverlights scheme - 'Controversial' because the building of this complex necessitated the demolition of Derby's art deco bus station; a brick built wind tunnel which was highly prized in certain quarters and elicited a lot of strong feeling.
The bus station as it once was!
(Photo credit here)
One protester even took up residence on the flat roof in a caravan! (Don't ask me how she got it up there!).
The idea of the Riverlights scheme was to make much better use of the river Derwent, which meanders round the edge of the city centre. Apart from the long existing River Gardens, it was felt that the Derwent was a neglected asset which should be better utilised. This end of the utilisation consists of hotels, with spaces for a casino and bars. At the other end of this complex is a brand new bus station, to which I confess I have not yet been, as I tend to use the bus from the other end of town. (The new bus station is something else on the list requiring a photograph!).
The new bus station is now approaching its first anniversary, but the hotels are still in the 'fitting out' stage of their development.
What do you think? Do you like the modern glass designs? Would you want to stay in a room here?
What do you think of our old bus station?