RAF dignitaries open £4.5 million Lincoln College development

A £4.5 million redevelopment of the Monks Building at Lincoln College has been given a special launch with a memorable RAF visit.

The Lincoln College Group welcomed AOC 22 Gp Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Turner, who was joined by Air Commodore Chris Luck, Group Captain Paul McClurg and Wing Commander Russ Barnes on June 3.

The project included the refurbishment of the Friary Building which had formerly housed the college library.

The building has been converted into an impressive suite of offices for the senior leadership and finance departments.

A second floor has been added to the Monks Building, originally built in 1978, which now houses a state-of-the-art library facility; the first floor has a new student common room and a centre for professional development.

Air Vice-Marshall Andrew Turner, Chair of the Board of Governors at Lincoln College Margaret Serna, CEO of Lincoln College Group Gary Headland and Air Commodore Chris Luck.

Air Vice-Marshall Andrew Turner, Chair of the Board of Governors at Lincoln College Margaret Serna, CEO of Lincoln College Group Gary Headland and Air Commodore Chris Luck.

The newly constructed student common room has become a popular destination for students, being used by an average of 150 each day since the building was opened to students in September 2014.

Special events, external speakers and support groups are held there. The library has facilities, including the loan of laptops, books, magazines and DVDs.

A-level student William Chapman said: “The library is a vast improvement on the old one, it’s a nicer environment, the laptop loan means that you can choose where you sit, and people seem to be more respectful of the new facilities.

CEO of the Lincoln College Group Gary Headland and AOC 22Gp Air Vice- Marshal Andrew Turner, who officially opened the building.

CEO of the Lincoln College Group Gary Headland and AOC 22Gp Air Vice- Marshal Andrew Turner, who officially opened the building.

Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Turner commented: “I’m enormously pleased to have come to such an innovative, modern and flexible learning environment at Lincoln College today.

“It is absolutely clear that the college is leading in all areas of learning development and has an inspirational insight into how we might grow together, taking students forward into rewarding careers within the RAF.

“There is clearly much work to be done and I look forward to an enduring healthy and highly productive long term relationship.”