Student housing building work begins on site of ancient Lincoln burial ground

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Building work is well underway for a £2 million expansion of the Brayford Quays student flats on Newland, Lincoln, on the site previously identified as an ancient burial ground.

A new building will be constructed behind the waterfront blocks and a Grade II listed building will be converted into a total of 23 studio apartments, which can accommodate a minimum of 23 students.

The shell of the new building has now been constructed. Photo: Sarah Harrison-Barker for The Lincolnite

The building is expected to be completed in July in order to be ready for the new intake of students in September 2017.

The building will be completed ready for Septembers intake of students

Lesley Mawson, Accommodation Manager for Brayford Quays, said: “There are going to be some new studios built in the converted building and new studios going up in the other building.

“We have been working closely with the council to make sure that we adhere to the work conducted on the Grade II listed building.

“It has been sensitively done and we have had to put a lot of work into the building. It will make the area look much nicer once it’s all finished.”

Photo: City of Lincoln Council

In December 2015, some 23 Roman skeletons were discovered beneath the building site, which had been classed as one of the largest Roman burial sites in the city as well as historic boundary walls.