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£2.5m regeneration project for Derby Cathedral

5th May 2017 in Company News

Leading Midlands live events company, On Event Production Co., is one of four partners that are teaming up to help transform the interior of Derby Cathedral into an innovative and flexible space open to everyone in the city.

We’ve joined forces with Derby Cathedral, Derby QUAD and the University of Derby to work on the five-year regeneration project, entitled ‘Revealing the Derby Story’, which will enhance the Cathedral’s ability to host events and concerts on a large scale.

The £2.5m project aims to open up the Cathedral’s heritage and restore this extraordinary space at the heart of the city. It will focus on four main areas: providing new flexible seating, replacing the 1930’s concrete floor, offering visitors an immersive understanding of the history and significance of the Cathedral, and restoring the unique Compton organ.

The four partners will tap in to technological innovations to recover the original vision for the building, create a 21st century Cathedral where visitors will be able to uncover the rich history of the city and the significance of the Cathedral in particular.

Our award-winning team here at On will be using their considerable experience and expertise of the live events sector to ensure that the Cathedral’s unique interior is transformed into an area suitable for hosting a wide range of events.

It is hoped that the project will attract new visitors to the city centre and bring the city to life at night.  It will also provide students at the University of Derby with valuable work experience as interns involved in all areas of the project.

Derby Cathedral is the Cathedral for Derby and Derbyshire and a city centre place of worship in the heart of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter.

Commenting on the project, Revd Dr Sue Jones, Acting Dean of Derby, said:

“We want to enable the Cathedral to offer a gathering place for events and services large and small. This will invigorate the city centre and help the Cathedral’s work to continue for centuries to come.”


Guy Eaton, managing director of On Event Production Co., added:

“We are delighted to be working alongside Derby Cathedral during the historic transformation of this iconic space.

“We are extremely keen to show off this beautiful building in order to create inspiring environments in which to hold events of all kinds.”


Rachel Morris, Chapter Steward of Derby Cathedral, added:

“The message we’ve received from our consultations is clear. Visitors and worshippers want more comfortable seating, they want to explore more of the history of the building, and they want a more varied range of events in the Cathedral. Through ‘Revealing the Derby Story’, we will make this happen.”


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