Past Partnership Projects & Achievements
Renovation Of Ground Floor At Castledine House
County Council vacated the ground floor premises on July 29th 2011. In
order to upgrade the accommodation and create office / work / training
space that is of a high specification, the following works are to be
Window Frontage –
and building regulations have been secured for the removal of the ground
floor windows and doors – currently in poor decorative order and
condition. These will be replaced by UPVC double glazed windows and
doors in Partnership green. Brick work will be cleaned; stall risers
and corbels will be reinstated in keeping with the ‘Victorian’ facade.
Uplighters will be installed.
It is anticipated the above works will lift the visual external appearance of the building and the lower section of Heanor Road.
Internal Modifications –
The ground floor will be fully decorated, removing existing anaglypta.
All wall surfaces will be sanded and repaired walls as appropriate and
painted in a neutral colour.
Skirting Boards – existing skirting will be replaced / repaired and repainted to create a clean and uniform ‘look’ to each office space.
– existing ceiling tiles will be removed and replaced using 1200 *
600mm plaster tiles – these will be clean and bright providing better
insulation and a higher fire rating.
A new kitchen area will be developed
– this will ‘free up’ space in the reception area and create a safe,
purpose built functional zone for the preparation of foods and
Floor Coverings - all floor coverings will be removed and replaced with either a hard wearing roll carpet or carpet tiles.
above alterations will transform a ‘tired looking’ area of
approximately 3000 sq ft into a safe, warm and inviting area for
business to thrive.
Cotmanhay Enterprise Centre
Cotmanhay Enterprise Centre was set up in an unused and near derelict
building that was part of Bennerley School in what was and still is a
deprived area of Erewash.
The refurbished Centre was supported
from 1997-2002 by the Government’s Single Regeneration Budget and public
money from other sources including European Social Fund helped it to
continue, enabling residents to access education in a supportive and
The Centre – which was used by a
staggering and impressive figure of more than 1,000 people a year to get
training, education, and community advice - was that the many
activities were community-led.
The Centre was the brainchild of
former Cotmanhay resident and Partnership chief executive Ian Viles. In
1997 Ian was inspired by a lecture he heard with the theme ‘learning
pays’ and he thought of a centre that offered people a supportive
atmosphere to build confidence through attending courses on a range of
subjects and practical activities.
However, the Partnership has
been affected by the financial difficulties in the public and private
sector and directors were forced to close the centre in May 2011 as
external funding dwindled and stopped.
Chris Pienaar, who worked
on a regeneration programme called Local Alchemy, funded by East
Midlands Development Agency, said the centre stood out as a beacon of
good practice. This was because the centre was staffed by local people
who cared for it and because of a good working relationship between the
Partnership and local government.
Castledine House Renovation
Erewash Partnership masterminded the renovation and refurbishment of an
early 20th century building in Heanor Road, part of which was used by Derbyshire County Council for community education, and part of which was
residential or empty for some time.
It involved converting most
of the two upper floors into 11 offices, installing a lift to the first
floor, putting in new windows and cleaning the frontage.
offices, which are able to support more than 20 jobs, are now offered to
start-ups and new businesses at a commercial rate but on ‘easy-in and
easy-out’ terms – flexible packages that mean occupiers do not get tied
up with long leases.
They range in size from 116 sq ft to 255 sq ft. Most are more than 200 sq ft in size.
of the cost was met in the form of a £142,000 grant from Derby and
Derbyshire Economic Partnership. The remaining costs were met by the
Partnership and loan from the Co-operative Bank.
Ian Viles, chief
executive of Erewash Partnership, said: “We identified a need for
quality office accommodation for new and growing businesses on easy
terms and put this scheme together.
“This project proved a good investment, both for the Partnership and for the businesses that have started there.
“Surplus income from the project is being reinvested in supporting the advice of people starting businesses in the area.”
this was the first project of its type for the Partnership it already
had experience of running such schemes – it manages The Old Police Station business centre on Wharncliffe Road on behalf of owners Midlands
Building work was completed by the Resurrection Group,
to drawings by Midland Building Design Practice of Long Eaton. Both
firms are Partnership Members.
Introduction Of CCTV
Between 1995 and 1997 the Partnership in conjunction with Erewash Borough Council submitted successful bids to the Home Office Challenge Fund for over £250,000 towards the installation of CCTV in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.
in both towns came forward with pledges of support and ideas. The
project provided comprehensive coverage for both towns and was
officially switched on by Home Office Minister David Maclean.
HERS Scheme - Lower Bath Street
One of the projects managed by the Partnership involved Erewash Borough Council and English Heritage (EH) in the regeneration of run down parts of Ilkeston town centre.
is situated midway between Nottingham and Derby. It is considered to
be the best Victorian market town in Derbyshire and it has the third
biggest shopping centre in the county. Town centre developments such as
the building of a shopping precinct and a bye-pass changed the dynamics
of the town centre. Consequently, the northern part of the shopping
area fell into disrepair. Subsequent street improvements and the
installation of CCTV helped to improve the situation but 25 per cent of
the 100+ shops remained boarded up and about 50 per cent of the upper
floors were empty.