Historical Rolls-Royce site in Derby to be redeveloped

Rolls-Royce factory The site in Nightingale Road, Derby, was built to manufacture the Silver Ghost

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A major redevelopment could see hundreds of homes built on a Derby Rolls-Royce site where aeroplane engines were made for both world wars.

Developers displayed plans for 380 flats and houses for the Nightingale Road factory, which has been derelict for six years.

The early 20th Century marble hall at the front remains, but the factory behind was demolished.

Developers hope to renovate the hall and incorporate it in the development.

Rolls-Royce in Nightingale Road

Silver Ghost

Rolls-Royce built its Nightingale Road site to move production of the Silver Ghost car to Derby from Manchester in 1908.

It later became synonymous with the Merlin engine which powered the Lancaster Bomber, the Spitfire and the Mustang.

In the 1990s, much of the workforce moved to the Sinfin site and it closed.

In 2011, the main factory was demolished and the site has been empty ever since.

Richard Moore, from developers Keepmoat Homes, said: "There is a rather large historic window in the back of the marble hall and we are trying to make it a feature of that to maintain some of the history of the site."

He said initially they had included proposals for green space on the site but residents said they would prefer more housing and better links to Osmaston Park.

The Nightingale Road factory was built to manufacture the Silver Ghost, dubbed the greatest car in the world, but became important in the nation's war effort.

The developers are now working with the planners ahead of submitting an application to Derby City Council in November.

Work could begin in the next year but it might be nine years before it is complete.

Last year, builders moved on to a neighbouring site to start work on 90 homes as part of the wider Osmaston Vision project.

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