8th March 2000




Culture secretary Chris Smith MP will perform a sod-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on the university’s new sports facility when he visits Lincoln later this month.


Mr Smith will be at the city campus of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside at 10.30am on Tuesday 21st March to view the extensive media and IT suites and to hear about plans for new sporting facilities.


He will also turn over the first sod of earth to launch a fast-track building project which will see the university’s sports centre open in early October 2000.


The site of the university’s latest construction project has been raised and levelled and building work is due to begin soon.


“It is a great honour for the university that a government minister has found the time in his busy schedule to mark the start of work on this major new project,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


The university plans to mark the opening of its new sport centre with a major Festival of Sport in October which will involve staff, students and the local community.


The new building will provide facilities for squash, badminton, hockey, football, aerobics and keep-fit and has also been designed to cater for occasional concerts and other events.


Chris Smith’s visit to the campus will be followed by tours of North Lincolnshire College’s Sessions House development, the Danesgate City and County Museum site and Lincoln Cathedral.

For a full itinerary of Chris Smith’s visit please contact Julie Anders, communications officer at Lincoln City Council, on 01522 873318.


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)