November 27, 2018 5.51 pm This story is over 64 months old

End of an era as St Marks is demolished

Diggers have been making way for new student flats

It’s the end of an era for St Marks as three shopping units are demolished to make way for a new £150 million development.

The former Homebase, Topps Tiles and Lidl units were all levelled by diggers on Tuesday, November 27 as spectators watched on.

As previously reported, demolition works started at the rear of the retail units but a large chunk has now been taken down by construction workers.

Two diggers clearing the rubble. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

The area has been cleared. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

The former BHS building is still set to come down as the new development continues to be built.

Eventually, all of the units to the west of Debenhams will be taken down and replaced with new shops, leisure spaces and other amenities.

Designs for 1,300 student flats on St Marks, Lincoln.

Visuals of the site towards the northern edge of the St Marks site.

Councillors previously rejected the plans and described the initial plans as “bland.” Since then, the developer has resubmitted the proposal with new visuals of the accommodation.

Now, the council’s planning committee will hear the application again at a meeting on December 5.

Councillors have been recommended to approve the plan by council officers.

Options discussed also include the possibility of a new cinema and waterfront restaurants and the scheme has the potential to generate up to 2,000 new jobs in the city.