16th May 2002




Plans for a spectacular new building to house the Lincoln School of Architecture have been unveiled by the University of Lincoln.


City council planners last night gave the go-ahead for the £10.5 million facility to be constructed south of the railway line behind the university’s main academic building.


The facility will also provide teaching and office space for the Faculty of Media and Communications and has been designed by the world renowned architect Rick Mather, who is also masterplanning the development of the rest of the Lincoln campus.


The five-storey building will be the first piece in an architectural jigsaw which will eventually create a new ‘university square’ on campus bordered by commercial and academic buildings.


The architect’s plan will extend the city westwards, create natural links between the High Street area and the campus and establish the campus a vibrant part of the city.


The Hull School of Architecture is currently based at the Hull city centre campus of the University of Lincoln, but staff and students are due to move to the new purpose-built facility in Lincoln in September 2003.


“As one would expect from a school of architecture, the designs for this new facility make a bold statement,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“The building has been designed in such a way as to leave intact views of the cathedral and castle from the south of the city while at the same time complementing the rest of the modern developments on campus.”


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Notes to newsdesk:


Rick Mather’s recently completed projects include restoration and extension to the Dulwich Picture Gallery (London) and the Wallace Collection (London). Current work includes masterplanning for the South Bank Centre, the Greenwich World Heritage Site (London) and the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford). Work in construction includes a new theatre and conference building at Keble College (Oxford) and refurbishment and extension of the Royal Horticultural Society in London.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk