Barriers have gone up around a former bar in Lincoln city centre as part of work to expand a digital hub offices.
Lincolnshire Co-op received permission to expand its Mosaic building through the former Bierkeller and Wetherspoons premises on Silver Street.
The first physical changes of the work are now visible.
Construction workers from The Lindum Group have been working on creating large open workspaces inside the former nightclub since February, and are hoping to unveil the freshly refurbished space in June.
The renovation has also involved the installation of new toilets, sanitary ware and vanity units.
The Original Bierkeller closed its doors in 2021 after failing to negotiate a new tenancy agreement with Lincolnshire Co-op, who then applied to change the use of space from a drinking establishment into business use the following year.
Silvergate Leisure Ltd said it was “heartbroken to hear about the closure” and in turn opened its own Authentic Bierkeller venue across the road from the original premises – on the bottom floor of the Moka nightclub.
Following the unveiling of the plans, Sam Heathershaw, Development Manager at Lincolnshire Co-op, said: “Lincoln’s Digital Hub has provided an inclusive and collaborative environment since it opened in October 2019, perfect for developing ideas and growing businesses.
“Under proposed plans, we would expand the space, welcoming new businesses into the well-established community at Mosaic, and providing new opportunities to existing users of the space.”
The hub has been developed collaboratively by the digital community in Lincoln, working together with Lincolnshire Co-op and Lincolnshire County Council, to offer spaces designed with growing tech and digital firms in mind.
It provides space for “hot desking”, a lounge area with a coffee shop and phone booths as well as dedicated desks and private offices on the upper floor.
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