Riverside Chambers is a major refurbishment project that transformed a former magistrates’ court into a 15,000 sqft business centre.



Wilson Bowden
1,393 m2 GIA
Retrofit & Recladding

After standing empty for ten years, this city centre landmark had become significantly derelict in parts, with windows smashed and boarded up. 

The scheme formed part of a larger redevelopment of the riverside site, with the first phase of the work involving the demolition of the old police station and the high-level covered walkway which linked to the magistrates’ court.


As a grade II-Listed neo-Georgian building, dating back to the 1930s, we worked closely with the local conservation officer to ensure Listed features were retained wherever possible, both internally and externally and metal railings were reinstated outside. 

The restoration not only sought to bring back the building to its former glory but also to restore the riverside frontage and enhance the appearance of Full Street.


The completed project includes office suites, ranging from 80sqft to 1,800 sqft, to suit a variety of businesses, as well as a cafe and a dedicated conference space that can be used by tenants and non-tenants alike. It is also the new home for the City’s local studies library. 


The wider development of the site, which includes apartments and a hotel have vastly improved the view towards the World Heritage Site, the Silk Mill and the routes into this area of the City.



RICS East Midlands Awards: Finalist – Regeneration
RICS East Midlands Awards: Finalist – Building Conservation
Civic Trust Awards: Highly Commended – Conservation & Restoration
George Rennie, Derby City Conservation: Winner- Conservation & Restoration