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Plans submitted for £28 million student flats scheme in Lincoln

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: December 02, 2013

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Plans have been submitted for a £28 million student accommodation development in Lincoln.

Jackson & Jackson Developments has handed in the blueprints for The Gateway, on land at the entrance to Ruston Way, off Tritton Road.

The building, designed by Stem Architects, will incorporate a commercial frontage as well as providing a high standard of student accommodation.

Outline planning permission for student accommodation was granted on this site in February 2013.

The surrounding expansion of the University's School of Life Sciences and the School of Pharmacy makes The Gateway site close to academic locations.

Dominik Jackson, from Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: "We're excited about bringing such a high quality building to the area.

"The site has been vacant for many years so it will be really positive to see the development improve the appearance and status of the roundabout.

"For us it is important to create a strong commercial frontage and we're already in advanced talks with some key national brands about taking space.

“We have worked with the university for some time and feel we have a good grasp of what is needed to achieve a market leading site.

"Having a successful university isn't just about the academic achievement, and the University of Lincoln has done a fantastic job in climbing the 'Student Experience' tables as well.

"We hope that access to this level of accommodation,

at a competitive market price, will continue to support this."

The Gateway building has been designed to complement the neighbouring Holiday Inn Express.

Rather than opting for a

rendered finish it incorporates a high quality stone ceramic fascia.

The development also incorporates energy reduction and

efficiency measures, which are strategies designed to ensure that the building’s carbon emissions rate meets not only the Government's new building targets, but also the more significant energy reduction objectives that will come into force in April

2014.

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  • theknowitall  |  December 03 2013, 7:54PM

    Pete67, I totally agree. Imagine if the buildings had fitted in with some of our older architecture but that aside, they couldn't even adopt a modern theme and maintain some continuity. I can honestly say I could have done better.

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  • Sweepclean  |  December 03 2013, 7:25PM

    The housing on West Parade was already freed up and bringing in Council Tax money long before the Uni arrived. And whoever puts a minus against the posts obviously doesn't like to hear a different point of view or opinion to what they've posted.

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  • Pete67  |  December 03 2013, 2:02PM

    theknowitall - - - I'm failing to understand why architects these days don't seem capable of designing something that will blend into it's surroundings. Is it only me or do many people feel this way? The mind boggles!

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  • omurchu  |  December 03 2013, 12:09PM

    Some very ignorant and small minded comments on here, not about the uni, but Lincoln itself! Yes, people would still move to live and work here if there was no Uni! My own family did, over 30 years ago! Lincolnshire College of Art and Design (now the uni school of fine art, I believe) which I was fortunate enough to attend, was a very well respected institution, not just locally but internationally, attracting students from all over the world. The Cathedral is world class (one of the finest), crime is low, housing relatively cheap, great schools and colleges, plentiful green and open spaces, galleries and museums, need I go on? And all here before the Uni! Fancy that! Lets face it, if you judge a city's worth by how many bars and clubs it has or whether or it has a "Footlocker" or "All Saints", you're in trouble!

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  • groomy88  |  December 03 2013, 8:46AM

    But think of the income (council tax) from freeing up the housing on west parade, high street etc What else could you build on the site? Im sure Lincoln isnt quite ready for another hotel

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  • Ivanbrownbear  |  December 02 2013, 9:29PM

    Student accomodation does not attract council tax. Enough said.

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  • Big_Jimmy1  |  December 02 2013, 9:19PM

    Surely an increase in footfall and inner city population is an incentive for businesses to develop in the area. Are people blinkered enough to really believe that the Brayford area would be full of commercial and business developments if the University wasn't there? Why didn't they build before? Lincoln historically develops 20 years behind other towns and cities so I support all development that will benefit the City. 12,000-15,000 additional people creates revenue, whether your like it or not.

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  • groomy88  |  December 02 2013, 8:03PM

    You will actually find that the university of Lincoln is one of the fastest rising universities in the country and actually runs several leading courses for the associated academic course! Your poorly informed attitude is quite hilarious

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  • boudicca2  |  December 02 2013, 6:38PM

    I am so sick of hearing the tired old rubbish about how Lincoln would be "nothing" without the relentless push for domination by a third rate university. Any over-development the university wants it gets. It can't possibly provide quality education when all it seems to want to do is overwhelm the city with shabbily built student accommodation. It should have been built outside the city centre. While the area around the Brayford was indeed ripe for development a range of businesses would have been of more benefit to the city. Now it's just a city of pubs and fast food outlets. Yes, the university has been such a great boon, yawn.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 02 2013, 6:36PM

    The more purpose built student accommodation the better it will be for Lincoln releasing more houses on the property market and even more homes going back the family occupation and building community neighbourhoods once more .It's been a real shame neighbourhoods have been broken up and the community spirit lost ,it would be nice if Lincoln could have the feel good factor once more and family life get back to normal .

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