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University of Lincoln reveals 10-year masterplan to remodel city

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

  • An artist's impression of the masterplan which shows the Delph Pond, looking towards Tritton Road

  • An artist's impression of the masterplan which shows the entrance square

  • A 3D aerial impression of the masterplan for the University of Lincoln's Brayford Campus

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A multi-storey car park, a hotel and new shops are included in a multi-million pound plan which will transform Lincoln city centre.

New restaurants and major building projects are also part of the ten-year masterplan drawn up by the University of Lincoln.

The proposal, which will create hundreds of jobs, was handed to planners at the City of Lincoln Council this week.

It lays out how the city's Brayford Campus will grow over the coming years to benefit not just students but the city as a whole.

Other features include a new walkway linking the High Street and Brayford Wharf East, new academic buildings and student accommodation blocks and an access bridge over the rail crossing.

Professor Ieuan Owen, deputy vice-chancellor at the university, said: "The university has undergone extraordinary growth over the last decade, both in our facilities and in our standing among UK institutions of higher education.

"We're now recognised as one of the most vibrant and innovative universities in the country, and this masterplan document is an important component in our strategy to continue this upward trajectory."

Matt Corrigan, chief executive of the Lincoln Business Improvement Group, said: "The University of Lincoln is a vital part of the city and the new masterplan shows how it has matured into almost its own quarter within the city centre.

"I think the spread of activities towards High Street is to be welcomed and the continued investment in the university is also important.

"The university itself is still ongoing and there's still more investment to come – and that's the really exciting thing about it."

If every aspect of the masterplan goes ahead, it will add around 100,000 square feet to the campus.

Surveys have also been carried out to ensure cathedral views are protected, wildlife is preserved and traffic flow is unaffected.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 20 2012, 10:23PM

    Is the uni plan to 'remodel city', or just develop? The plan appears to be about the campus, not the city. Grow up, Echo.

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  • hykehamfan  |  September 20 2012, 8:05PM

    Why do people comment when they don't even bother to read the article properly?

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  • janerosamund  |  September 20 2012, 1:00PM

    The plans look like Stevenage Town Centre. Enough said.

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  • steve86linc  |  September 20 2012, 12:53PM

    Good point over the current car part going, although it mentions that a new multi-storey one is being built. Hopefully it'll have a higher capacity than the current car park as that has struggled sometimes in the past. From this article though, I think this is fantastic news.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  September 20 2012, 12:52PM

    I do wonder where everyone will park.." In the multi-storey car park (first five words of the article).

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  • rascall1  |  September 20 2012, 11:46AM

    umist0966 you have valid comments but when you look at each of them the picture is not as simple as you think, having lived admit in Cambridge and Lincolnshire there is going to be allot of contention between the university and I use the words original locals, re jobs yes jobs will be created 95% will be part time going to the students, 75% of full time jobs in Lincoln will become part time with students taking say 30% and many original locals only able to find part time work, because employers can say allot of money on wages by employing students at lower rates, national contributions will be much less on a whole because using part timers can often mean no payments need to be taken or paid, same for tax contributions and pensions, so it is not all good, Ground rules need to be set before the people who have to live in Lincoln are affected by too much change. I wonder what the Co Op and Simon's have to say, they do or once did own much of Lincoln ground. AS for say in what goes on, the university usually invokes into any agreements it makes with local authorities some convenience to allow then greater powers to decide what they will, without involving any outside the university to challenge them. Lincoln would do well to remember "Caveat Emptor" I as many do welcome change but with caution.

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  • umist0966  |  September 20 2012, 11:22AM

    I do wonder where everyone will park when the University builds over all its parking spaces - as seems to be the case in the aerial view shown above! Having said that, many locals seem to have forgotten what Lincoln was like before the University arrived... The Brayford Campus was a disused railway siding, the GCW and Engine shed were derelict eyesores, Brayford Pool was a rotting mess and Lincoln's youth moved elsewhere to find work (if they could)! I certainly left Lincoln behind, only returning when the University offered me some hope that my home-town would eventually start to prosper - as it has! And, 'rascal1', fingers crossed that Lincoln becomes the next Oxford or Cambridge - cities with almost no unemployment, a high standard of living, a positive global image, .... Dear me - some people are never happy!

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  • rascall1  |  September 20 2012, 9:22AM

    Well looks like the predictions are coming to fruite. They will take over the developement of lincoln and have a greater say of what will be and not to be. That was the prediction.... Cambridge and oxford are just two examples of this today.

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