Demolition of former Derby hotel is almost complete

It was once one of Derby’s smartest up-market hotels and played host to celebrities of stage, screen and the sporting world.

But after just 57 years, the former Pennine Hotel is largely now just a heap of rumble as it is demolished to make way for the redevelopment of the Becketwell area.

For many years, the Macklin Street venue was the must-visit destination for professional footballers, until it finally closed its doors as the St Peter’s Quarter Hotel in 2015.

Opening in 1965, the towering 92-room Pennine Hotel dominated the street scene and soon developed into a hugely successful overnight destination.

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If you were hosting a large gathering, the Pennine was the place to be, with the hotel staging many events for Derby County players and then-manager Brian Clough back in the day.

The venue also welcomed a Rams celebration evening during Dave Mackay’s time at the top.

Tragedy struck the hotel in 2002 when a huge fire broke out, causing thousands of pounds of damage. Fortunately all 81 guests escaped unhurt.

In 2004, the venue was taken over and rechristened the Heritage Hotel, with efforts made to upgrade its facilities and appearance.

The Heritage name did not last long, and it was soon known as the St Peters Quarter Hotel. However, in 2015, it suddenly closed.

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At the time, the Derby Telegraph reported that pub company Spirit, which had been leasing the hotel from the building’s owner, closed the venue because its management “had no legal right“ to run it.

In the run-up to the closure, the hotel had received some less than complimentary write-ups on TripAdvisor.

And it was also suggested on two occasions, in 2003 and 2017, that it might become an asylum seeker centre.

The demolition is part of a £200 million plan to regenerate the Becketwell area of the city, creating apartments, offices, a new hotel, a multi-storey car park, a public square and a £43 million performance venue.

The area has been a regeneration priority for many years following the closure of the Duckworth Square shopping area in the 1990s.

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