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Bifrangi plans new Lincoln development centre

Bifrangi is set to build a new research and development centre in Lincoln, subject to planning approval.

According to proposals by the engineering firm, the new centre will be built at the former Smith-Clayton Forge site on Spa Road.

If approved by the City of Lincoln Planning Committee, the centre will form part of Bifrangi successful bid for Regional Growth Fund money to provide modern facilities for the preparation of samples, development of new manufacturing methods and quality testing.

The position of the new building.
The position of the new building.
Where the new centre will be positioned on the site.
Where the new centre will be positioned on the site.

The two-storey building will accommodate 20 permanent staff, and up to 35 visitors near the new screw press site.

The building, designed by Stem Architects, will also allow for expansion at a later date.

Due to the site being in an industrial area, the building raises no concerns for visual amenity, impact on local residents or highway issues, apart from during erection of the large building.

However, Bifrangri may have to remedy the potential for contamination the land due to previous industrial uses.

The planning officer recommends the Planning Committee grants the proposal conditionally.

Bifrangi is investing more than £50 million in Lincoln, a move started with the arrival of a 27,000 tonne screw press for the facility in February.

Photo: Sara Blakey
Photo: Sara Blakey