Florence Nightingale's name will be secured in Derby forever with plan for Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site
DETAILS of a development that will forever secure the connection between Florence Nightingale and Derby were being revealed in Cannes.
A new "urban village" including 300 homes for rent will be built on the site of Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, whose forerunner, the Derbyshire General Hospital, the celebrated nurse helped redevelop. Plans for a new Morrisons supermarket, creating 300 jobs, and two other housing developments are also in the pipeline.
On Wednesday, at the Cannes international real estate festival, it was confirmed that Derby Hospitals NHS Trust has agreed to sell eight acres of land to developer UK Regeneration, which is drawing up a planning application for the site.
And it was also confirmed that the whole area to be transformed would be known as the Nightingale Quarter in tribute to the famous Crimean War nurse.
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John Rivers, chairman of the Florence Nightingale Derbyshire Association and chairman of Derby's hospitals, said: "I'm doubly delighted by this development. Florence Nightingale founded the nursing profession."
The scheme will preserve two towers that formed the end of early-1900s wards and statues of Florence and Queen Victoria.
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