Derwent Wharf would incorporate berths for approximately ten boats on a floating pontoon system to accommodate the rise and fall of the river. At least one of the boats berthed in the wharf would be a restaurant boat which would bring waterside dining into Derby City Centre for the first time. The restaurant boat could serve as a static dining space or, by utilising the new lock, could travel a stretch of river from Pride Park up to the Museum of Making.
The area surrounding the Wharf would include other visitor attractions. The two popular, existing historic pubs: The Tap and the Exeter Arms, would effectively become waterside pubs; reset within a restored natural landscape. The new landscaping would allow both establishments to offer extended al fresco dining adjacent to a new riverside plaza.
The riverside plaza would be home to a number of street food kiosks creating a vibrancy throughout the week and extending into the evenings. A new clock tower would be introduced in recognition of Derby’s under advertised clock making heritage.
Further upstream a new urban park would be introduced with striking floral displays and water features. The park would continue the interactive STEM educational displays and form a trail from the new lock all the way to the Museum of Making via Millennium Swing Bridge. The STEM displays would be designed around a theme of sustainable energy generation with visitors able to experience the concepts around hydro-electric power and solar energy generation.