Regenerating the local area

Great Northern Classics Ltd is a socially-focused heritage project with £3.4m of investment. It will serve as a world-class visitor destination in the centre of Derby, alongside an industry-standard apprenticeship scheme which will take on ten apprentices each year. Each and every apprentice will develop high-value and highly-sought after engineering skills.

At a glance: what GNC will bring to Derby

  • New Not For Profit Training School supporting approximately ten annual apprenticeships in the field of Heritage Engineering.
  • As many as 120 highly skilled, permanent jobs brought into this disadvantaged corner of Derby
  • Re-employment for redundant skilled engineering workers and opportunities for former Rolls Royce artisans
  • Exit routes for specialised business owners at retirement age
  • A world class visitor destination in Derby
  • A catalyst for the redevelopment of the derelict Russell Street site in Derby
  • Provides a new lease of life for a significant historic building, which hosted the production of some of Derby’s most historic feats of engineering, including pioneering global railways, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Eagle engine used in WW1 and the Merlin, which was crucial to the Allied war effort in WW2. The site was also home to the engineers behind the 1997 land speed record engine known as ‘Thrust’


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