Great Northern Classics (GNC) is thrilled to announce that the council has granted full detailed permission. This allows us to start work in transforming the site into the GNC heritage vehicle campus.

Shaun Matthews, GNC’s founder, said: “This is fantastic news as this, supported by us having raised the initial funding, allows us to get on with the build phase of the project.”

“This also enables us to strip away decades of the modern additions to the site to reveal and enhance the site’s original heritage features.”

The GNC site was home to Eastwood & Swingler Ltd, Derby Corporation’s trolley bus and tram depot and Rolls Royce and as such it hosted some of the most significant engineering projects of the last two centuries. These include beams for Sydney Harbour Bridge, railways in Japan and India and the Bennerley Viaduct. During Rolls Royce’s tenure, it was home to some of the many engineering techniques that enabled the production of the jet engine.

“For more than 170 years the site has hosted numerous key moments in our transport history. It is therefore fitting that the GNC project is now using the site to celebrate and preserve transport heritage and much more.”

“This is a major step in our journey and enables progress for the next phase of development. The first of a series of doors has been opened and we’re very excited about that.”

Shaun Matthews
Great Northern Classics Ltd (GNC) founder