Globe Consultants have celebrated a successful evening at the Lincoln Good Design Awards (2019) held in The Blue Room, part of the exceptionally well renovated Lawn complex. Last night saw the second edition of the Lincoln Good Design Awards following its successful inception in 2017. The City of Lincoln Council planning team originally drew up a long list of successful proposals before this was narrowed down to the finalists from three categories – Residential Award; Commercial Award; and, Heritage Award. The winners in each category were determined by vote which was open to members of the public.
Globe were delighted that the Cygnet Wharf development was announced as the runner-up in the Residential Award Category. Globe worked alongside Nottingham based architectural practice Church Lukas Limited on behalf the University of Lincoln in formulating proposals for Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) on this key brownfield site on the banks of Lincoln’s historic Brayford Pool. Cygnet Wharf provides three separate buildings which are individually designed to provide their own character but bound together by complementary materials and a consistent architectural expression. The scheme accommodates 442 en-suite bedrooms arranged in 44 ‘cluster flats’ of, typically, between 10 and 12 bedrooms.
Globe and the wider design team worked closely with the City of Lincoln Council’s planning officers as the original design concepts were challenged and evolved accordingly. One element of the scheme which has been particularly successful is the diverted Public Right of Way – which now follows the waterside edge – and the high quality public realm which helps define this well-walked route.
Alongside Cygnet Wharf, Globe also provided Chartered Town Planning services in support of the City’s flagship new Transport Hub which was nominated as a finalist in the Commercial Award category. The shortlisting panel were particularly impressed with the use of quality materials and the way the multi-storey car park has been successfully knitted into the surrounding townscape.
James Rigby, Director at Globe Consultants, commented: “The Lincoln Design Awards is a fantastic concept which helps celebrate the changing face of Lincoln. It really is striking to see the way the City has changed for the better over the two short years since the last awards and the way contemporary and high quality architecture has been embraced in Lincoln. All the nominated schemes are impressive in their own right and the quality which has been delivered really does highlight the value of the positive mindset and drive to facilitate change which is so evident in discussions with the City Council’s excellent planning team.
I was delighted to attend the awards ceremony and celebrate the fact that Cygnet Wharf has been so well received, particularly given the fact that the public voted in such high numbers for the development which really has transformed this important waterside site”.