New archway in Lincoln awaits planning approval

A new arch situated in the Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln has been submitted for approval by the City of Lincoln Council.

The iron archway will be situated at the bottom of Steep Hill, at the entrance to The Strait.

This location was chosen due to being a historically important gateway leading to Steep Hill and in a bid to boost footfall in the area.

The application by Bottom of the Hill Traders details the design by architectural design expert Franklin Ellis, based on artwork a by Lincoln artist Lea Goldberg.

There concept was chosen as part of a competition by Lincoln BIG, where locals could pitch their design idea for the arch.

The arch will be about 15 feet wide and connected to Kind Bar.

As well as businesses in the area raising money for the arch, the traders are also hoping to be match-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Artist Lea Goldberg's archway design.

Artist Lea Goldberg’s archway design.

Lea Goldberg said: “It is great to see this project moving nearer to becoming a reality.

“I was thrilled to win the competition and I am keen to contribute something special to such a lovely part of the city.”

Chairman of the Bottom of the Hill Traders Richard Baxter said: “A lot of people don’t know what we have in this area, which is the start of the historic part of the city.

“Having an archway in place will mean it is seen by people shopping in the area around Tesco Express (at the junction of the High Street and Corporation Street) and they will be attracted to walk further up the High Street.

“For three years, the group has been doing all it can to raise money to help fund the archway, so hopefully it will go ahead.”

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan added: “This exciting feature will help to emphasis the unique character and history of this area and highlight why it is such a special place for local shoppers and tourists alike.

“Once we get the go-ahead, we shall invite Lincolnshire forges and craftspeople to tender to make this prestigious piece of metalwork.”

If approved by the council, the new archway will be installed next spring.