Further plans for significant investment in Lincoln City Centre are set to come to fruition after members of City of Lincoln Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved two applications submitted by Globe Consultants. The schemes will transform two brownfield and underutilised sites in the heart of the City by delivering Purpose Built Student Accommodation. In partnership with STEM architects and on behalf of Lincoln based developer Jackson & Jackson Developments Limited, Globe worked closely with the City Council’s planning department through an iterative design process to successfully table proposals which were universally backed by members. Both schemes will form part of the University of Lincoln’s offer to undergraduate students and help meet some of the demand generated by the University’s ambitious expansion plans which will see the Brayford Campus population increase by over 3,300 students in the 7 years between 2017/18 and 2024/25.
The first scheme considered related to phase 2 of Jackson and Jackson’s ongoing investment in the Newland area of the City. Approval was granted for the erection of two buildings to provide an addition 93 student bed spaces. The scheme includes a contemporary replacement of the former Taste of Marrakesh restaurant which, unfortunately, has degenerated into a local eyesore. An extension to the former red-brick office building on the corner of Newland and the Avenue is also proposed which takes reference from the host building whilst adopting a more modern design narrative. Planning officers were very keen to acknowledge the success of the scheme and the obvious improvements to the key Newland and Carholme Road approaches into the City Centre.
The second scheme relates to a challenging surface car park site which had been left behind somewhat by the pace of redevelopment around it and within the wider Culture Quarter. The site sits within an area of the City which is known to have significant potential in terms of Roman archaeology. The design proposals skilfully raised the building’s formation level above the known level for Roman archaeology with an innovative foundation solution proposed as a mitigation strategy to ensure preservation in-situ where practicably possible. The building itself takes reference from successful recent additions in the area including Museum Court and the Terrace. The proposes utilise buff brickwork alongside the additional of bronze effect aluminium to add interest and variation to the elevations. Members were particularly complimentary of the design proposals and were strongly of the opinion that the scheme would enhance the quality of the Conservation Area.