Designs and development proposals have been revealed for a five storey building on Brayford Wharf East, housing the University of Lincoln’s School of Social Sciences.
The Sarah Swift Building project is hoped to provide a new home for the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology, as well as a Professional Development Centre (with ongoing training for medical professionals in Lincolnshire).
Nursing and psychology student numbers are said to be growing rapidly in the city, with the number for the academic year 2018/19 predicted as 1,697.
A design statement and application has been submitted to the City of Lincoln Council, proposing a development with around 3,750m2 of net usable area.
As reported previously, the new development will also create the walkway between the Brayford area and the High Street for pedestrians and cyclists.
The site to the north of the university’s recently acquired David Chiddick Building, known as Wigford Yard, was previously earmarked for a student accommodation block. Plans were revised however after residents raised concerns over its size.
If the proposals are approved, the development would require the demolition of the existing late 19th century ‘Pea Warehouse’.
Plans acknowledged that the brownfield site and historic warehouse is important in terms of local significance and a reminder of Lincoln’s past food-processing industry.
The university considered a number of design options, alongside partners Faulkner Browns Architects and Globe Consultants, that would incorporate the old warehouse within the build.
The application states however that due to adaptation challenges, funding and walkway provisions, “there is no realistic alternative than demolition”.
Architecturally, the building’s form will represent a series of ‘stacked volumes’ with individual schools layered by floor.
From the outside, the building facade will include a weathering Corten Steel ‘wrap’ and glazing.
The plans come as the next phase to the University of Lincoln’s Masterplan.