Last night Derby won four awards at the prestigious East Midlands Property Dinner (EMPD). Demonstrating its strength in the region, Derby once again showed its neighbours that it’s a force to be reckoned with in real estate, construction and design.

Deserving special mention is the Design Excellence Award won by the iHub at Infinity Park. Judges were impressed that the project remained faithful to its original design concept that included a number of complex elements that the judges felt were a testament to the strength of its design.

The building, which was designed by Franklin Ellis Architects and developed by GF Tomlinson, is the only commercial development in Derby to win an award at this year’s event which took place at The Nottingham Belfry.

The iHub beat off competition from other high profiles schemes across the region to win the award, which recognises buildings and projects which have set new standards in design quality, build-ability, functionality, sustainability and aesthetics.

The iHub was also shortlisted for the Construction Project of the Year and Regeneration and Restoration Project of the Year categories at this year’s awards.

The 45,000ft2 iHub provides flexible work space for start-ups, early stage businesses and established high growth SMEs involved in transport engineering reinforcing Derby’s reputation as the city of innovation.

Derby also won the Regeneration & Restoration Project of the Year for the Castleward urban village.  The mixed use scheme has been a catalyst for the regeneration of a key site between the Midland railway station and the city centre.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy says of the success last night,

“I am delighted to share in the success of our city and our partners at the EMPD Awards.  The Council has worked closely with public and private sector partners to realise our vision, creating a vibrant city centre for Derby one of choice to live, work and play.”

Situated off the new tree-lined boulevard, which links the railway station to the city centre, and extending to nearly an acre, Castleward has created a new gateway for residents, visitors and commuters, as well as becoming a focal point for the city centre development.

In total, Castleward will see 30 acres of land between Derby Midland Station and the city centre developed into an attractive gateway into the heart of Derby featuring 800 new homes and 34,550 square feet of commercial space.

Two further awards were won by Derby, including Property Deal of the Year won by Prosperity Capital Partners for Cathedral Court in Derby, and also Best Skills & Apprentice Scheme won by the National Construction Academy.