20th January 2002

 

FACELIFT PLANNED FOR HOLBEACH CAMPUS

 

The University of Lincoln plans to give its Holbeach campus a facelift later this year.

 

An application for permission to re-develop the campus has been submitted for formal planning approval by the university’s partner in the project, Lincolnshire County Council.

 

The new development will provide additional teaching areas, a new laboratory, a library resource centre, increased administration areas and a base for the newly accredited Learn Direct centre.

 

The plans also incorporate a number of business incubator units which will be integrated into the campus.

 

If South Holland district councillors give the plan the green light work should begin on the project this summer. 

 

A Centre of Vocational Excellence bid for £550,000 - submitted recently and awaiting national assessment - would secure new equipment for the refurbished campus and two new posts working in the food industry.

 

Two European Social Fund bids worth £240,000 have already been secured and will provide a basic skills co-ordinator and a work-based training co-ordinator for the food processing sector at NVQ level 3.

 

“Staff are delighted about the plans and really optimistic about the future,” said Val Braybrooks, senior lecturer at the Holbeach campus.

 

“It is thanks to the continued support of local employers, staff and students that we have been so successful and are able to expand in this way.”

 

The Lincolnshire School of Agriculture is now based at Riseholme Park near Lincoln, where a £2 million Rural Science Centre will be officially opened next week.

 

The Holbeach campus is home to the university’s in-company food sector training courses.

 

For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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