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.
Ilkeston 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.