Three Lincoln buildings up for architecture award

Three buildings in Lincoln have been shortlisted for an award in the 2011 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) East Midlands Awards for Architecture.

The buildings are the David Chiddick Building at the University of Lincoln, designed by Lincoln based STEM Architects, the Harper Music School and Sports Hall at Lincoln Minster School, designed by Franklin Ellis from Nottingham, and the building fronting Brayford Wharf East by Marchini Curran from Nottingham.

The final judging for the awards will take place during July, with the winners to be announced at the annual Awards dinner at Leicester’s Athena in September.

David Chiddick Building

Previously the home of the Lincolnshire Echo, the David Chiddick Building now houses the Faculty of Business & Law at the University of Lincoln.

Retaining many of the original features, including the lifting winch used to transport printed papers, along with new developments such as a central atrium and a feature staircase the building uses and a simple palette of materials.

Part of the project was also to incorporate a facility for local businesses to use to improve their leadership and management skills. Called the Lincolnshire Leadership and Management Centre, it features seminar and lecture theatre space, with office space and a conference room.

Harper Music School

In 1999, Franklin Ellis were commissioned to prepare a masterplan for the future development of Lincoln Minster School and subsequently retained to design and project manage a number of schemes on this important site. Phase III of the Masterplan is the design of a new music school, recital hall and sports hall.

The building houses a modern, up-to date environment integrating modern technology within a steel structure, which allows for future flexibility.

The new Music School comprises a 200 seat recital hall, ten practice rooms, five classrooms, sports hall and sports storage and atrium/exhibition space.

Brayford Wharf East – The Maltings

The existing 1970’s building was well occupied and in reasonable condition, yet did not maximise the potential of the prominent location and was perceived as a characterless block with bland elevations, inadequate entrance situation and sub-standard accessibility.

The comprehensive refurbishment and extension of the building created a contemporary office environment with views across the Brayford Pool. The project included an extension at fourth floor level and a new entrance and additional ground floor reception area.

Source: RIBA | Photos: Samantha Fisher for The Lincolnite