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Derby Student Accommodation to Maintain City Heritage

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In a bid to maintain Derby city's heritage, horse-powered tram tracks dating back to the 1800s are to be reinstated at a new student accommodation block.

A 45-metre section of tramline and its surrounding cobbles were removed by Clegg Construction prior to work starting on the student block in Agard Street.

However, developers will use past photos, site plans and survey data to reinstall the tramline once the site is near completion.

Costing £17 million, the student accommodation is being built next to the existing copper-clad University of Derby law department located on the corner of Ford Street and Agard Street.

The tracks ran along Short Street, which previously connected Agart Street with Friar Gate, and were associated with the 1881 Friar Gate tram depot which operated across Derby,

Commenting on the decision to reinstate the tramlines, Dave Swift, construction manager at Clegg Construction, said: "Removing them wasn't a difficult process and it's been quite interesting, we took the tramlines out in sections and removed the cobbles. It took about three and a half weeks and will take about six to eight weeks to put everything back."

Mr Swift indicated work was progressing well, which once complete will see the construction of 244 en-suite bedrooms as well as communal areas, kitchens and dining rooms.