26th November 2002




Work on Lincoln’s new £10m School of Architecture building will take a step forward next month with the laying of a commemorative stone on site.


Paul Finch, deputy chairman of CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) and editorial director of the Architects’ Journal, will unveil the stone at a VIP ceremony at the university on Monday 9th December 2002.


The Lincoln School of Architecture will open in September 2003 to teach the subjects of Architecture, Interior Design and Museum & Exhibition Design which are currently offered at the university’s Hull campus.


The new building will also provide teaching space and office accommodation for the Faculty of Media and Communications.


The building has been designed by the internationally renowned architect Rick Mather, who has also been given the job of masterplanning the development of the rest of the Brayford Pool 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 new building will contain architecture studios and faculty offices, a 150 and a 250-seat lecture theatre, generic workshop space, seminar rooms, a communications department with print newsrooms, IT labs and a broadcast newsroom, an atrium with catering facilities and a performance studio.


“Our Architecture, Media and Communications building is rapidly taking shape,” commented university spokesman Jez Ashberry. “Our staff and students are all tremendously excited about the potential of the new Lincoln School of Architecture.


“This new facility is just the first of many which are planned on the south-eastern quadrant of the Brayford site. As the university grows in Lincoln we aim to develop a high-quality campus which is physically linked to the southern side of the city.”


The unveiling of the commemorative stone will take place at the new building at 11.30am on Monday 9th December. Reporters and photographers are welcome.


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

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