First brick of Engineering Hub laid

The University of Lincoln and Siemens have celebrated the School of Engineering’s steel frame being completed by laying a commemorative brick.

Representatives from the University and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery saw at a February 1 the brickwork stage begin on the building site.

With the exterior to the £37m engineering school now in motion, work is expected to finish in June and students using the building in September.

Head of School, Professor Paul Stewart, and Siemens Service Engineering & Head of SGT Product Management, Steve Middlebrough, University deputy vice-chancellor Prof Andrew Atherton, Siemens Training and Regionalisation Manager, Mike Gibbons; Siemens Director of Service Division, Neil Corner; University Estates project manager, Gary McGinty.

Head of the School of Engineering Professor Paul Stewart said: “Acting as the client for the architectural practice made me consider some fairly fundamental questions about what an engineering building is, what’s in it and what should it look like.

“I tried to design the perfect school, which would offer the best possible facilities for research, the optimum environment for interacting with industry, and would be a very attractive proposition for potential students.

“I took a holistic approach to try to include all the things that were good and avoid things that I had perhaps encountered in the past and knew did not work in the context of an effective Engineering School.

“Visually it will look very modern with some huge glass panels so people will be able to see what’s going on inside as they walk past.”

The school, on the university’s Brayford campus, will be the first purpose-built engineering school in the UK for more than 20 years.

Other than the University and Siemens, funding for the building has come from Lincolnshire County Council, ERDF grant, EMDA and HEFCE.

Source: University of Lincoln