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Pupils to help name Apartment Buildings at Nightingale Quarter site

Pupils at a Derby school have been invited to help name apartment buildings which will soon start to be built at the historic Nightingale Quarter site.

The competition, which launches today by property developers Wavensmere Homes, will give children at the neighbouring school to the site, the chance to enter their ideas for what some of the apartment buildings at the new development will be called.

To officially launch the competition, Derby-based estate agents Haart who are selling the homes, visited the St James CE Infant school last week to help inspire pupils and hear their ideas.

The school is opposite where the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary was once situated, and where work will start shortly in building the 800 homes planned.

St James CE Infant School headteacher Luisa Pancisi said:

“Our school is directly across the road and the children see it every day and are really excited to know that soon there will be hundreds of new homes that they can watch being built.

“The site is of huge historic interest to everyone in and around Derby and it will be a great legacy to know that maybe some of the names we choose will then become where families will live for years to come, and it will be incredible that we have been a part of it,” she added.

James Dickens, Managing Director of Wavensmere Homes, said:

“We are so pleased that the school wants to help us name some of the blocks of the Nightingale Quarter. We are very much committed to making this development part of the community, and pupils also have their say.

“The winners will not only get the chance to see the street names revealed when they are built, but also their school will benefit from a small prize from us as well,” he added.

In total, there are seven names that they are looking for which have to have relevance to Derby or Derbyshire, before the closing date of 14th October, 2019.

The £150 million development, which will also include apartments, is set to be built over the next five years on the site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Planning permission was granted earlier this year by Derby City Council, and Wavensmere directors were careful to keep the iconic Pepperpot structures available for the whole community to enjoy and continue being major landmarks of the city. They will be transformed into a community hub café, exhibition space, gym and meeting rooms.

The eight-acre site will be a ‘green oasis’ for residents, including cycle routes, an open air gym and fitness area, children’s play areas and planting throughout the site.

For those wanting to register their interest in the homes, visit


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