Take a tour: Lincoln business marks completion of £17m student accommodation

North Hykeham-based construction company Lindum has completed its biggest ever building contract – a £17 million multi-storey student accommodation development in Lincoln.

Valentine Court, off Tritton Road, is 70 four-storey town houses, built for Castle Square Developments to accommodate 469 University of Lincoln students.

It was built in the place of the former Superbowl site.

It took over a year to complete with more than 120 Lindum employees and 285 subcontractors and was handed over to its first tenants in time for the start of term.

Take a loot around the new buildings:

Photo: Lindum

Photo: Lindum

Photo: Lindum

Photo: Lindum

Photo: Lindum

Photo: Lindum

Photo: Lindum

The company also trialled a number of timesaving techniques and technology like finger scanners to enter the building site.

MD of Lindum Construction Simon Gregory said: ““This has been a huge team effort, from conception right through to delivery.

“We designed and installed a complex Mechanical and Electrical system capable of powering a large development on a limited electrical supply.

“All 469 rooms have hot water and heating provided by just four boilers that are located in a plant room. This will save money and make it much easier to service.

“Unusually, each bedroom has a prefabricated ensuite bathroom pod, which were manufactured off site. During the planning process, we set up a mock bathroom on the Lindum Business Park and each contractor was invited in to practice their part of the set up.

“This meant we established the installation process before we started on the ‘live’ site, again this saved time and reduced the margin for error. Managing the timing of this was crucial because there was only a small window of opportunity to get them in, or risk jeopardising the whole build programme.”