Barbican Hotel, Lincoln Market and Lower High Street in line for £1.75m facelift

The Lower High Street and historic Lincoln city centre buildings are in line for a major £1.75 million facelift.

Areas like Sincil Street, Wigford Way, St Mary’s Street, and as far down as Sibthorpe Street, will all benefit from the money, awarded by Historic England.

Historical buildings like the former Barbican Hotel, Lincoln Central Market and St Mary’s Guildhall will also be improved.

St.Mary’s Guildhall on Lincoln High Street. Richard Croft

Planners have said that building frontages will be restored to their former glory.

The money has been secured from a £95 million pot from Historic England, which aims to champion and revive high streets across the country.

The former Barbican Hotel in Lincoln looks set for a refurb.

Planners at the city council are now drawing up a detailed plan of action with the idea of starting in April next year.

Kieron Manning, planning manager at City of Lincoln Council, said: “We want all of Lincoln to be a future-proof, world-class visitor destination for many years to come, and this scheme will encourage further investment and development in that part of the city.

“The scheme will have a heritage focus, playing on Lincoln’s rich history, with building frontages being restored to their former glory, which will in turn make the whole area more appealing to residents, businesses and visitors.”