December 5, 2019 9.31 am This story is over 52 months old

New Lincoln start-up business office building approved

The council said it would make a “positive contribution”

A new three-storey office building for start-up businesses will be built as part of the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park.

As part of phase two of the multi-million pound project, the new office block will provide “grow on space” for up and coming firms.

The site is set to be built west of Poplar Avenue and north of Beevor Street and will also provide space for companies to expand and move from the Boole Technology Centre.

Councillors on City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead for the plan at a meeting on Wednesday, December 4.

Artist impressions of phase two of the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park. UoL

The plan comes as part of a project to transform six acres of brownfield land to the west of Tritton Road.

The second phase of the scheme, which was given the go-ahead in 2017, looks set to double the size of the park and create space for up to 800 workers.

More than £22 million has been spent on the project since 2013, principally on the Joseph Banks Laboratories and the Boole Technology Centre, supporting small and medium enterprises and the University of Lincoln’s College of Science.

Council officers said the scheme would make a “positive contribution to the area”.

Meanwhile, Councillor Ronald Hills said the design of the offices reminded him of a “utility building”.

“It’s put up for a purpose,” he said.

“There is no way we can turn this down because it is fit for purpose.”

Lincoln Science and Innovation Park is a partnership between Lincolnshire Co-op and University of Lincoln which offers a new hub for private sector investment and innovation, alongside state-of-the-art academic research science facilities in the centre of Lincoln.

Thomas Blount, director of Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, said previously that the project will help “transform the performance of the local economy” in both Lincoln and the wider county.

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