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Assembly Rooms car park to reopen today

Car park reopens by the Assembly Rooms remains closed after fire in car park. Credit: ITV News Central

At 10 o'clock this morning, the Assembly Rooms car park in Derby will reopen, following a fire earlier this year that caused events to be cancelled or postponed.

The Assembly Rooms will remain closed for eighteen months because of damage caused by the fire in March.

Today the car park will reopen, but the lift will be out of action as repair work continues. The fire was caused by machinery overheating in an air-conditioning unit.

Entertainment venue to replace Assembly Rooms could be built elsewhere in Derby

A severe fire on the Assembly Rooms car park has closed the venue Credit: ITV News Central

An entertainment venue to replace Derby's Assembly Rooms could be built elsewhere in the city.

Councillor Martin Repton says three different options will be discussed when it examines what will happen to the building.

The Symphony Hall in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

New council leader, Ranjit Banwait, says he wants the building to be similar to Birmingham's Symphony Hall.


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Derby's Assembly Rooms to stay closed for at least 18 months - and could be demolished

Derby's Assembly Rooms could be demolished and rebuilt from scratch as councillors look at options for its future.

It's been announced the venue will remain closed for at least 18 months after a major fire broke out in March, destroying facilities which provide all the building's heating, water and power.

Local people and businesses are concerned about the impact on the city.