Luxury £20m Lincoln flats on track for 2020 after year-long delay

The firm behind a £20 million apartment scheme in Lincoln has confirmed it is on track to be ready for its revised opening date after previous delays left students without accommodation.

As previously reported, building work began in summer 2018 on 138 luxury apartments located on the junction of Beaumont Fee, Mint Lane and Park Street.

The scheme – Gravity – is being developed by the Parklane Group under its IconInc brand. IconInc confirmed in April that the launch of the new student accommodation had been put back to 2020, leaving students having to find alternative accommodation.

At the time it said that the historic site which Gravity sits had “thrown up some serious challenges during the construction phase”. An email sent by IconInc to students stated that high winds had caused a problem.

The company confirmed on Friday, November 29 that everything is on track and the accommodation will open for the academic year in 2020. It is also now taking bookings through the IconInc website, over the phone and via email.

Prices range from £188 per week for a Smart Apartment to £400 per week for a Grande Duplex Apartment – click here for more information.

The luxury flats will be ready for the 2020 academic year. Photo: Joseph Verney for The Lincolnite

According to its website, the accommodation, which will include facilities such as a steam room, sauna, home cinema and gym, currently has 26 places left available.

Construction is ongoing at the site. Photo: Joseph Verney for The Lincolnite

Students were left devastated

Students received an email from IconInc in April 2019, breaking the news to them about the delay and they were promised £100 compensation and a refund of their £500 deposit.

They were also offered a fixed term credit on an Odeon Cinema Card or Gym Membership at Puregym.

One of the affected students, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Lincolnite at the time that their accommodation was due to cost £184 a week.

A CGI showing how the development will look once complete. The building will have a private gym and cinema

They said: “They phoned and offered a little bit of compensation. I was so upset about it all. I was sent an email about an hour after my phone call, but they only offered the university student housing team as support which at this time of year has few options left.

“I was offered compensation of £100 or a gym membership or an Odeon card which are all rubbish for the amount of stress it caused. There was a £500 deposit which is also being refunded.”