Plans to refurbish a historical former hotel next to the Corn Exchange as part of the multi million pound redevelopment of the area, have been approved.
LCS Property applied to City of Lincoln Council to carry out a number of works on the former New Market Hotel as part of the broader Cornhill Quarter regeneration scheme being undertaken by the authority, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Co-operative and Network Rail.
The building was most recently occupied by Greenwoods, however closed at the end of last year having already been saved when the company went into administration in 2017.
At the time of its closure a company spokesman said its presence would remain in the city, but was unclear where.
“This proposal is part of the […] vision to offer the utility and benefits of a standard shopping centre whilst maintaining the character of Lincoln’s much-loved city centre,” said the documents.
The changes will see:
- The removal of the existing shop front to be replaced with a more traditional one.
- Opening up a wall connecting the front and rear parts of the building and lowering the rear area
- Removing and bricking up some doors and creating new openings
- Plus additional signage being installed
In documents before the council, the applicants said: “The existing shopfront to 1-3 New Market Buildings lacks the articulation seen in traditional shopfronts in the conservation area.”
The Cornhill Quarter, once completed aims to give Sincil Street a “new lease of life” and make it “once again one of the busiest and liveliest streets in the city centre.”
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