University of Lincoln takes over empty retail units

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The University of Lincoln is taking on two empty business units in the city centre to create new learning spaces.

The new facilities will be located on the ground floor of the Junxion student accommodation building on Brayford Warf East/St Mark’s Street.

The university will convert the two units previously occupied by Raspberry Village and Venture Photography into learning spaces and lecture rooms.

The building work is scheduled to begin on June 2, with completion expected by September.

The new facilities will include two new lecture rooms (with capacities of 60 and 102), three new seminar rooms (with capacities of 24, 28 and 32) and two new learning lounges.

Raspberry Village closed in December 2012 and the unit has been vacant for the 17 months since.

Venture Photography officially ceased trading in January 2011 and the unit has been empty for over 3 years.

The project is part of the university’s expansion which has seen, in addition to the construction of new buildings, vacant business units taken on, such as the office space at the back of the Brayford Wharf East building.