December 6, 2018 3.03 pm This story is over 33 months old

Lincoln’s Cornhill to get new public square

Lit up benches!

A new public square is set to be created in Lincoln’s Cornhill after the city council approved new plans.

The proposal submitted by Lincolnshire Co-op will see a refurbishment of the area along Sincil Street.

It also includes a new square which will be built at Cornhill Pavements and will see the area resurfaced, fitted with new seating space and lighting.

Visual of Sincil Street as part of the refurbishment of the public realm.

Now, City of Lincoln Council have approved the refurbishment plans.

The move comes as part of a £70 million regeneration of the Cornhill Quarter, which is expected to see a new cinema and shops built.

Around 30,000 m² of retail space will be created as part of the ongoing refurbishment and a new 1,000 space car park.

Under the public realm proposal, the Co-op said there will be a “significant transformation” for both Sincil Street and Cornhill Pavements.

In their plans, they said the current site “lacks identity” and needs updating.

It said: “At present, public realm within the site is notably dated and displaying signs of wear and tear.

“Furthermore it lacks identity and falls short of presenting the city in a positive light to people arriving by bus and train.

“However, the site’s prime location and it’s existing architectural assets presents the city with an extraordinary opportunity to create a landmark area of public realm and a distinctive gateway into the city from the recently refurbished Transport Hub.”

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