Enhancing communities
Improving The Environment
Working Together

Project Description

Castleward is the redevelopment of 30 acres of brownfield land between Derby Midland Station and Westfield shopping centre, which will become a brand new neighbourhood of sustainable homes and businesses.

In total, Lovell, as part of the Compendium Living joint venture with the Riverside Group, will create 800 new homes and 34,500sqft of commercial space at Castleward. The existing footpath currently linking the railway station to the city centre will become a new tree-lined boulevard.

Work on phase one has been underway since November and it will include 163 residential units, approximately 16,500sqft of commercial space, a boulevard and a new urban park over approximately five acres of land.

Derby City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) are key partners in the project and have both promoted it and financed property acquisitions to advance early phases of development.

Responsible business

Enhancing communities

Enhancing communities

Compendium Living has adopted a very clear 'place making' approach to the redevelopment of Castleward, including the development of a place brand' and 'place story' to inform all aspects of the project. Detailed local consultation has been carried out by Compendium Living. This has included public exhibitions in the Westfield Centre and local hotels, along with smaller drop-in events and one to one meetings.


Local communications are facilitated through an on-site project office where local people and businesses are welcome to drop in and discuss any aspects of the project with the Compendium Living team. Site deliveries and traffic management are strictly controlled and as work progresses, all changes are discussed locally before implementation.


During the course of the Castleward project, Compendium Living & Lovell will be visiting local schools to teach children about the dangers of building sites and why it is important not to play on them.

Improving The Environment

Improving The Environment

Before starting work on the site the Compendium Living team carried out a full tree survey and identified those trees that would be retained and those which would be removed. Compendium Living has made a commitment to replace more trees than will be removed, with semi-mature deciduous native species appropriate to the city centre location. All retained trees and shrubs will be protected in accordance with British Standards (particularly BS 5837:2005 'Trees in Relation to Construction' and sections 7 and 8) and to the Planning Authority's requirements.


The Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) was developed over the detailed design stage. Decisions made in design and specification were led by the SWMP and similarly the contents of the SWMP were informed by the design process. The SWMP is now sufficiently developed to act as a coherent document guiding on waste eliminating and reducing activities and waste management and is being used during the construction phase as a tool for the management of waste and also as a record of waste production and movement.

Working Together With Our Supply Chain

Working Together With Our Supply Chain

Over the 5 phases and 15-20 years of the project, Lovell's targets for providing employment and training opportunities directly through the development work are:


Create & provide 17 apprenticeships

Achieve vocational qualifications for 26 people

Provide work experience for 23 adults or young adults (over 16s)


In addition to the training targets, Lovell will try to ensure that local people benefit from the employment opportunities generated by the development. The project groundwork sub-contractor has already directly employed 9 people from Derby on the project.


Indirectly, the regeneration of Castleward will also provide or safeguard hundreds more jobs through the supply chain and through the 34,500sq feet of new commercial and retail space being provided over the life of the project. As lead constructor, Lovell will use local materials and sub-contractors as much as possible; for example the concrete used on site at present is supplied by a concrete batching plant that is based within the Castleward development area itself, just yards up the road from the first phase of the project.


"This is a fantastic achievement for Castleward and we are proud to be one of the first development projects in the country to receive this accreditation, which highlights our efforts to put sustainability at the forefront of this redevelopment. Whilst construction of Castleward is still very much in its infancy, this recognition shows that we are leading the way in innovative neighbourhood development and demonstrates that our vision for the area will contribute positively to the long-term future of Derby city centre."

Dave Bullock
Managing Director at Compendium Living