CONSTRUCTION work on a state of the art specialist engineering and science college in Lincoln is now complete.
The £6.65m project has been led by contractor Willmott Dixon which has constructed a brand new bespoke facility and refurbished the stunning Grade II listed Greestone Building to create a new permanent home for The Lincoln University Technical College (UTC), which will open its doors to students in early September.
Located on Lindum Hill in the city, the Greestone Building has been sympathetically renovated to include new classroom facilities and office space and many of the original features have been preserved throughout the building.
The new build – a modern three-storey facility built in the space between the Tythe Barn and the rear of the Greestone Building, has been built using limestone which is synonymous with Lincolnshire, and houses further specialist teaching spaces including engineering workshops and science laboratories.
Willmott Dixon delivered Lincoln UTC through the Scape National Framework and worked closely with project manager Thornton Firkin who has offices in Lincoln.
Lincoln UTC will accommodate up to 640 students aged between 14 and 18 who wish to specialise in core sciences, engineering and mathematics. UTCs were created by the government to address the lack of qualified engineers and offer students a vocational path that will meet the requirements of employers.
Nick Heath, East Midlands operations director at Willmott Dixon, said
Lincoln UTC will deliver the next generation of engineers for businesses across the country and further afield and will be an important facility for Lincolnshire.
This is a scheme that we were very pleased to be involved in as it’s such an interesting project and iconic building in the heart of Lincoln. Working on such an historic and tight site meant the build had its challenges but the end result is superb and has been wholly rewarding to work on.
The vibrant red brick of Greestone next to the pale limestone of the extension looks incredible and I’m looking forward to hearing what the students think of their new campus in September.
Built in 1893, and designed by famous Lincoln architect John Watkins, the Greestone Building has always been used for education. Originally it was a girls school and after that was adopted by The University of Lincoln for its School of Art and Design.
Dr Rona Mackenzie, Lincoln UTC principal, said:
The work conducted by Willmott Dixon and the architect firm John Roberts has been first class. It was a challenging build as Willmott Dixon had to work on a very sensitive site close to Lincoln Cathedral and within a historic area but the end result is fantastic.
“The old and the new have been brought together wonderfully and it feels like it’s eant to be – the original and new building fit together perfectly. Our staff and students cannot wait to learn in this inspiring building.
The site has several major historic buildings within its surroundings including the Grade I listed Tythe Barn, the famous Cathedral and the Cathedral’s Close Wall which runs directly through the site and between Greestone and the new build. Willmott Dixon was tasked with sympathetically working around this and incorporated an impressive glass foot bridge that runs over the top of the wall to connect the two buildings.
During an archaeological dig prior to construction work, artefacts dating back to the Roman period were discovered. The most significant discovery was a medieval stone sculpture of the Virgin Mary and Christ (PIETA) thought to be 15th century in date.
Willmott Dixon will be supporting the college further by facilitating the move from its current temporary premises on Wordsworth Street to the new facility.