A building in Ilkeston, which used to be home to the town’s police station, has been bought by a company that hopes it will help revive the town.
The Wharncliffe Road building, which used to be the headquarters of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership, has been bought by a company owned by Simon Woods, chairman of the partnership.
Work has now started on some light refurbishment of the building after Mr Wood’s company, the Lester Point Pension Trust, bought it from the Midlands Co-op.
Simon, who is also managing director of education equipment manufacturer TecQuipment based in Long Eaton, said: “I feel proud that I’m putting something back into the community and the town centre which has been hit by closures and job losses.”
Partnership chief executive, Ian Viles, said: “This development is a philanthropic gesture by Simon who is an enthusiastic supporter of enterprise in the area and is putting his own money where his heart is.
“It is a case of the partnership working with a private sector investor rather than the local authority. We are using our track record of redeveloping and operating this type of facility to help businesses start and those that are looking to expand.
“We did not want to see this important building staying empty. The scheme is a win-win situation for the Partnership, Ilkeston, and for businesses.”
The Old Police Station was built in 1906 of red brick and stone.
When the new police station opened on Heanor Road the old one lay empty and vandalised until the former Ilkeston Co-op refurbished it for its own use.