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Marble Hall


AS the dramatic facade of the former Rolls-Royce building in Nightingale Road comes into view it is clear why councillor Robin Turner says it is "absolutely" as important a building project as the new Derby Arena.


Work has now begun on turning the site, known as Marble Hall, into a community hub for Osmaston, with a nursery, day-care centre, health services, offices, and a cafe.


It is the scale of the £4 million revamp project that at first impresses. The building for conversion is two storeys tall and more than 100 metres long with dozens of rooms and sweeping staircases.


But it is also important historically that the block where office workers supported the building of the Merlin engines that powered Second World War Spitfires has a secure future.


Rolls-Royce has officially donated the building, which it last used in 2007, to Derby City Council and is also contributing towards the £4 million cost of the project.


Now around 50 workers each day will be working on the revamp, managed by specialist heritage contractors, Woodhead Heritage. They have set a target date for completion of August 8 next year.





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