Lincoln developers have exclusively revealed £20 million plans to turn two “tired” buildings on the Brayford waterfront into plush apartments, new restaurants and office space.
The multiplex development ‘One the Brayford’ would incorporate Mill House, formerly occupied by Mouchel, and Viking House, which is currently used by Jobcentre Plus.
The offices have been earmarked by Lincoln-based Jackson & Jackson Developments Ltd.
Altogether, the project would produce 69 luxury private apartments, three new restaurants and 20,000 square foot of office space.
The move is hoped to create between 90 and 110 jobs in the popular promenade location.
Planning consultants for the development, Globe Consultants, explained the ambitions behind the scheme are to bring investment to the two buildings described as “tired, and left behind by the rapid development of the Brayford and university quarter”.
Extensions to the existing structures are proposed to create interest and maximise the potential for views over the Brayford Pool.
A modern, sweeping, glazed extension to Brayford Wharf North offers the opportunity to deliver the new restaurant units including external terrace areas on the first floor.
Dominik Jackson said: “We’re looking forward to bringing an exciting development forward on the Brayford – an area which is central to Lincoln’s growth with many national brands present on the waterfront.
“We will be looking at a scheme to make the end of the Brayford walkway feel more complete, tenanted with brands which will make it a destination in its own right.
“The site also presents a fantastic residential opportunity with existing views all over Lincoln.
“We in Lincoln haven’t had a key central apartment development for seven to eight years now, and in that time there have been a number of impressive new home tech creations. Where possible we will try to maximise these.”
Jeremy Hoare of Hodgson Elkington added: “This is a significant deal for Lincoln and shows the commitment of the Jacksons to the city with what will be an exciting new development in an absolutely prime location.”
The developers have confirmed that a 100-space car park which was opened at Viking House in August will continue to be in operation into next year.
Update: Concerns over Jobcentre Plus future
News of the planned development sparked concerns from current members of staff at Lincoln Jobcentre Plus, located in Viking House.
Dominik Jackson told The Lincolnite: “Viking House will be retained as it is for the medium term future.
“It is included in the overall application to tie the building together, but work is not planned for it at the beginning.”