Fantastic news today that Lincoln Cathedral Connected has secured its major Heritage Lottery Grant which, alongside the £1.5m already approved by the David Ross Foundation, will allow the Cathedral to realise the Connected project.
The team effort behind this project has been immense and multi-layered, with everyone involved seeing the benefits the Connected scheme could bring to Lincolnshire.
Globe has been part of the team working on the project since 2013 and we are very proud to have made a contribution to the success of the bid in our ‘home city’.
Globe’s element of the work has been a journey from preparing the Initial Feasibility Study, where Caroe Architecture worked with Globe to add a visual interpretation of our findings and proposals. From there we moved to an outline Business Plan and then to provide an Economic Impact Assessment, all of which formed part of the successful Stage 1 HLF application.
2014 found Globe preparing and submitting a full OJEU compliant tender to prepare a business plan to support the Stage 2 HLF Application. Globe, with specialist leisure accountants Insight Chartered Accountants as a sub-contractor, was appointed though the competitive tendering process and our work on Lincoln Cathedral Connected Stage 2 started in May 2015.
It quickly became clear that one of our biggest and ongoing challenges was modelling the likely change in visitor numbers resulting from the Connected project. This was because of the re-opening of Lincoln Castle; the opening of the new David Ross Magna Carta Vault and the Magna Carta 800 Anniversary all happened in 2015. This created a welcome and very significant step-change in visitor numbers to the City’s Cathedral Quarter but made it unrealistic to model predictions from either the Cathedral’s or the city’s historic visitor data, so we worked out a slightly different approach.
By September 2016 we were able hand over a completed final business plan covering all of the revenue-generating elements of the Connected project projected through to project completion and beyond to the subsequent years. Along the way we had also helped sort out a few planning issues, commissioned a Transport Statement, and dipped briefly into the utilities, drainage issues, and carbon footprint – so business as normal.
The interdisciplinary approach that the Cathedral’s management team chose to adopt allowed draft work to be considered in a very collaborative way so that design, technical and commercial solutions blended throughout the process and I’m sure that was apparent to the HLF Staff and Trustees who met and questioned the whole team as part of their assessment of the Grant Application.
Delivery will be the next major stage and that will see the Old Deanery on Eastgate linked to a new building constructed behind the Cathedral Cloister to create a new Visitor Centre, Exhibition Space, Café, Shop and Education Suite; the Deans Green and the grounds to the north of the Cathedral will be opened and landscaped as public space; the magnificent West Front will be fully restored; Minster Yard will be reconstructed to give level access to the Cathedral and improve the public space; and Exchequergate Arch will be restored and the big crack in the north arch fixed.
It’s not very often that the majority of the ideas coming out of an initial Feasibility Assessment find their way through to the implementation stage of a project as complex as this one. It’s great that this is the one that did, and I get to walk past every day on my way to and from Globe’s office.
It’s impossible to end this blog without acknowledging the efforts of the whole consultancy team and all of those involved from the Cathedral but in particular the time and effort that Subdean Revd Cannon John Patrick put in to leading the project and the huge workload that was undertaken by Dr Anne Irving as the primary author and co-ordinator of the HLF Bid.
Thanks guys, it was great to be involved in this one.
Alongside Globe’s recently increased capability in Transport Planning, we start 2017 with Flood Risk and Drainage specialist Roy Lobley working as part of the Globe team from our offices in the Tithe Barn.
For developments greater than 10 dwellings the Lead Local Flood Authority expects drainage strategy information for any site as part of a planning application, so being able to provide an in-house solution further enhances the service we provide to clients.
Roy is a highly respected, experienced engineer and manager having worked for over 35 years in land drainage, flood defence and flood risk management for both the public and private sectors. He started his career with an Internal Drainage Board, before moving to the newly formed National Rivers Authority, then the Environment Agency and finally multidisciplinary consultancies before setting up Roy Lobley Consulting from his hometown of Lincoln.
Roy has been involved in over 1000 Flood Risk Assessments, dealing with all levels of Flood Risk Assessments. His part-time base in the Globe office allows us to fully integrate flood risk into our planning statements, undertaking Flood Risk Assessments in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework and including an Outline Sustainable Drainage Strategy were required.
Phil Williams, the current President of the Royal Town Planning Institute recently visited Lincoln and Globe were very pleased to be able to host the visit. Working with partners including City of Lincoln Council, Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire County Council and RW Stokes & Sons, the President was shown many of the interesting projects underway in the city.
You can read more about the visit here.
Following the successful restoration and extension of four derelict properties within the Conservation Area enabling four new homes, the same applicant has now obtained planning permission for three new townhouses on the adjacent vacant site. Globe helped secure permission following constructive negotiations with the planning and heritage officers and we are confident that this new development will further enhance this prominent and historic part of the town.
North Kesteven District Council supported the redevelopment of a site on the edge of the village for housing. After considering the numerous attempts to secure employment related uses and development on the Heighington site over many years the Councillors accepted that the location was unattractive to potential investors for a non-housing scheme and that the location’s access was too restricted. Enabling a housing investment on this brownfield site in a sustainable settlement was acknowledged to be a sensible aspiration.
January 2017 will see Venezia Ross-Gilmore MRTPI CIHT joining Globe Consultants as a Principal Consultant.
In addition to her Chartered Town Planner status, Venezia is an experienced transport planner and a member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport. With around 10 years’ experience of planning work in the private sector Venezia’s skill set further extends the capability of the Globe team and creates some interesting new opportunities for the business. Venezia will be leading on development projects and building on her planning experience through the sort of challenging planning work the Globe has become known for. Venezia will be the first member of the team to have direct experience of transport planning so we will also be able to bring some aspects of that work in house, and of course share it with our other chartered planners to widen and strengthen the skills set we to offer clients.
Sadly, in the same month that Venezia joins us, Lynette Swinburne MRTPI will be leaving Globe Consultants after more than 10 years with the business. Lynette is moving on to head up a new east midlands rural planning team for Savills.
Lynette was part of the initial team that set up Globe Regeneration in 2006. I originally recruited Lynette as Project Manager for the Historic Lincoln Partnership about a year before I was approached about setting up Globe. Given her success with the Partnership and MRTPI status she was a natural choice to join the start-up team and it’s been a real pleasure working with her since then. We all wish her success in her new job.
Illustration by Simpson and Brown Architects
The end of September saw Globe issue the final draft of the Business Plan for the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project. The Business Plan is part of a large scale Heritage Lottery Fund application being made by the Cathedral to support a £16m multi-faceted project which will create a new visitor centre, complete with exhibition and education facilities, a new café/restaurant, and a new cathedral shop. Connected will also create new public realm, complete the conservation of the Cathedral’s West Front, and provide a fully accessible visitor experience with particular attention being paid to enhancing the visitor experience for disabled visitors.
Globe has been working on the project as part of a multi-disciplinary team made up of specialist professional practices from around the UK, along with the Cathedral’s own project team led by the Acting Dean and Subdean The Rev Canon John Patrick.
The relatively complex Business Plan, with its associated Market Appraisal and Economic Impact Assessment, focuses on the increased visitor activity generated by Connected and the effect of this on the Cathedral’s main sources of trading income; in particular, ticket sales, sales of food and drink from a new restaurant/cafe, and retail sales from a new Cathedral shop. One of the more difficult aspects of the plan was establishing a model for the projected growth in visitor activity resulting directly from Connected, at a time when Lincoln has seen a significant increase in visitor activity. This was the result of Lincoln Castle re-opening in 2015 following the extensive Castle Revealed project and the construction of the P J Ross Magna Carta Vault, which houses Lincoln Cathedral’s copy of the Magna Carta.
Globe’s starting point for visitor projections was to use several different approaches in parallel and also to go back to much earlier work by ECOTEC, which looked at the overall future growth of uphill Lincoln and its potential to operate as a world class heritage visitor destination. However regular ‘reality checking’ of our estimates against actual visitor numbers during the contract period led us to increase our early visitor projections, taking the predicted Cathedral paying visitor figure to over 146,000 pa. once the project is completed. Visitor activity at this level is expected to generate over £600,000 in additional ticket sales and contribute to a predicted net profit of approximately £860,000 from trading activity.
Globe will be part of the project team meeting the HLF panel when they visit Lincoln in November. Russell will be on hand to answer any questions with the support of John Chappelle of Insight Accounting, who have assisted Globe in the preparation of the Business Plan.
We wish the Cathedral every success with the HLF application which is not only an important development for the Cathedral but is also an essential part of fulfilling the long-held objective of fully realising Lincoln’s potential as a ‘world class heritage destination’.
You can hear more about the Connected Project from the Project Co-ordinator Dr Anne Irving via the following link;
Congratulations to our Planning Consultant, Camilla Duckworth, who has successfully completed her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and is now a Chartered Town Planner, the ultimate qualification for the profession awarded by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Camilla joined Globe as an intern in 2013, during her Masters year. After graduating with a 1st Class Masters degree from Sheffield Hallam, Camilla joined the team as a full-time Planning Consultant, and Licentiate member of the RTPI. Since then, she has spent two years of hard work on the submission of her APC, and we are delighted that the RTPI shares our opinion of Camilla as a talented young planner.
Camilla said: ‘I am delighted that after all the effort and long hours I have spent on my APC submission, I am now a Chartered Planning Consultant. Globe, and in particular my mentor Lizzy, have been so supportive in helping me get to the submission stage. I will now look forward to furthering my planning experience and knowledge as a chartered member of the RTPI.’
Globe’s MD Phil Scrafton said: ‘We are very pleased to see that Camilla has been awarded Membership status. It is well deserved and testament to all of her hard work and, whilst this makes no difference to the reliably high quality service she delivers to her clients and colleagues, the MRTPI status helps to reassure potential clients of her proven capabilities.’
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