Being a nature conservation charity, DWT is interested in
making use of the building for the purposes of education and as a gateway to the Lea Wood Nature Reserve.
In November 2013, DerwentWISE commissioned Mansel Architects of Belper to undertake an options appraisal and survey of the property. In this a series of possible uses were rated and scored. Following this, a project proposal was developed by DerwentWISE (and accepted by DWT) along the lines of repurposing the building as a visitor hub and destination including an empty multi-purpose space for use by schools and community groups in order to generate a small amount of income.
To help take these proposals forwards Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust have provided assistance and advice in partnership with the DWT and volunteer team. Firstly with help fundraising for the project and secondly via James Boon Architects who have developed the planning application and listed building consent applications to Amber Valley Borough Council.
Aqueduct Cottage is ideally suited as a visitor interpretation centre, to tell the story of its history, the former people who lived there, and how these aspects related to a Derwent Valley landscape once put to work for industry but now being managed for people and nature.
The approach is to undertake a “light touch” restoration and “informed reconstruction”, using traditional
methods and materials as far as possible to recreate the main structure of the cottage, plus the privy/pig
sty outbuilding, as close as possible to their original external appearance when viewed from the canal
frontage. This has been informed by historic and archive evidence as well as oral history.
The planning application for the restoration has been registered with Amber Valley Council under Planning Reference No. "AVA/2019/0145"
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