Blacksmith’s Yard attracts new tenants

  • Old Blacksmith's Yard, Derby 

Blackmith's Yard in Derby has experienced a flurry of new businesses opening this summer, attracting more visitors to the Cathedral Quarter of the city.

Owned by specialist regeneration company Blueprint, the courtyard is located off Sadler Gate in the centre of Derby.

It is now home to a variety of independent restaurants, bars, boutiques and designers, as well as a monthly vintage, arts and food market.

One of the new businesses to move in to the yard is gourmet burger bar The Forge.

Brad Worley, owner of The Forge, said: "Blacksmith's Yard is a brilliant place to be based. We've got a huge outdoor seating area here in the courtyard and are surrounded by high-quality independent retailers who all share the ethos of wanting to create a really vibrant part of the city."

Alec Hamlin, development director at Blueprint, added: "We're really happy to be able to welcome these new businesses to Blacksmith's Yard. There is a real buzz about the place and it is great to see people back in the courtyard and enjoying themselves."

Alison Gratton of Innes England acted on behalf of Blueprint in the property deals. She said: "Old Blacksmith's Yard is an attractive courtyard of period properties in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, which has carved a niche for independent retailers and a hub for the bar and restaurant scene of the city. It's great to see such a strong line up of tenants and I wish all of the businesses great success there." 

Blueprint is known for urban regeneration projects such as No.1 Nottingham Science Park and Phoenix Square digital media centre in Leicester, as well as residential developments such as Green Street in the Meadows.