Hillary & Scott, the independent pub company led by Daryl Cockerill, the former managing director of Charnwood Pub Company, will open its first new build site next summer at The Broadwalk development in South Derbyshire.

The four-strong group plans to open what it describes as a “high quality, cosmopolitan” bar and restaurant at the 74-acre Mercia Marina development.

The construction project for The Boardwalk began last month and is scheduled to open to the public in late summer 2014.  It will comprise the central bar and restaurant, built over two floors with additional outdoor seating overlooking the 24-acre lake.

Cockerill founded Hillary & Scott two years ago with business partner Shane Holland.

He said: “It’s a big and exciting project for us. It’s our first new-build operation, which gives us the advantage of creating a venue with exactly the look and feel we are after. We’re definitely looking forward to offering visitors something very stylish, with quite a cosmopolitan feel, and maybe different to what they are currently used to.”

Hillary & Scott currently operates four other pub and restaurant establishments across the Midlands: The Star Inn, in West Leake, near Kegworth; The Nag’s Head, in Market Harborough; The Punch Bowl, in Stamford, Lincolnshire; and The Horseshoe Inn, in Shrewsbury.

Cockerill has extensive experience in the brewery and pub industry, having worked in Burton-upon-Trent for Marston’s and Bass, as well as roles for Leicestershire-based Everards Brewery, and Greene King in Suffolk.