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New university facility to Bridge Lincoln industry partners

City of Lincoln Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead to the plans

The University of Lincoln has had its plans for a hi-tech research facility on the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park approved.

The two-storey Bridge Facility will see the university and its industry partners create a collaborative advanced engineering centre with a series of hi-tech laboratory rooms, including specialist equipment and training and lounge spaces.

City of Lincoln Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead to the plan, submitted in December 2019, on Friday.

It will be built on Poplar Avenue, next to both the Charlotte Scott building and the planned second phase of the innovation park, which sits west of Tritton Road.

How the site currently looks.

A design and access statement before City of Lincoln Council said: “As a flexible and evolving space, it is hoped that qualitative research can be carried out.”

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.

The University’s Science and Innovation Park has been subject to millions of pounds of investment since 2013.

In December, Lincoln councillors approved a new three-storey office building for start-up businesses on the site.

An artist’s impression of the new Bridge Facility.

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.

In May last year, it was revealed that companies based at the park had attracted £8 million investments in the previous year.

Also in December, the Boole Centre was chosen as the first place in the world to host a data centre utilising “world-leading” cooling technology.

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