Lincoln grand designs: Votes open for new city building awards

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Residents and visitors are being asked to vote for their favourite building scheme in the city ahead of the first Lincoln Good Design Awards.

Voting is now open for the awards, which will crown winners at a ceremony at Lincoln Guildhall on Wednesday, February 22.

Planners from City of Lincoln Council have drawn up a long-list from schemes approved by the planning committee and council officers.

A panel of experts from the University of Lincoln, Civic Trust and the city council then drew up the final shortlist.

They have narrowed down the candidates to three per category, based on criteria including innovation, sustainability and architectural ambition.

Online voting will close on Friday, January 27. Those wishing to casta  vote can do so on the awards website here.

The award categories and nominees are:

Major Residential Development 

Albion Close, off Longleys Road

College Court, at corner of Newport and College Close

Cuthbert’s Yard, off Burton Road

Minor Residential Development

New Dwellings at 75-79a Burton Road

Former Bull and Chain Public House and Land Adjacent, Langworth Gate

2 Bruce Road

Commercial Projects

Conversion and Alterations to Danesgate House, Silver Street

Extension to the University Technical College, Lindum Road

Wildwood restaurant Lincoln High Street. Photo: Sean Strange for The Lincolnite

Conservation-themed developments


Extension to the Church of St. Nicholas, Newport

Former Drainage Board Building, St. Catherine’s

The Cardinal’s Hat, High Street. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Small-scale developments

Côte Shopfront, High Street. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Fatface Shopfront, High Street

White Stuff Shopfront, High Street

Councillor Jim Hanrahan, Chair of the City of Lincoln Council Planning Committee said: “This is the first year that City of Lincoln Council has introduced the idea of design awards.

“We wished to acknowledge and encourage good design in planning our city.

“In drawing up the shortlist, of recently completed schemes, the Council worked with colleagues from the Civic Trust and University of Lincoln.

“We have looked at lots of aspects that contribute to a great design, such as how the building contributes to its environment, and how it engages and stimulates visitors.”

“Although most of the buildings are very different in their designs, they all have one thing in common – They all make a positive contribution to the visual appeal of Lincoln.”

The winners of each category will also be put in for an overall award, the Outstanding Project Award which will be chosen by Councillor Jim Hanrahan, and presented at the end of the evening.