9th December 2002




The University of Lincoln’s new Architecture, Media and Communications building will be the “crème de la crème”, according to a leading British architect.


Paul Finch OBE, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, today described the new development as “a very good building” which he said reflected the high aspirations of the university.


Mr Finch was in the city this morning (Monday) to lay a commemorative foundation stone on the site of the £10m building, which is scheduled to open in September 2003.


It will house the new Lincoln School of Architecture as well as providing additional teaching and office space for the Faculty of Media and Communications.


“Architecture is all about communication and this building is certainly saying something,” commented Mr Finch, who is editorial director of the publishing group EMAP Construct and a former editor of the Architect’s Journal.


“It represents the aspirations of the client – here the aspirations are high and that’s an excellent thing for the university.


“Buildings like this are the crème de le crème in the public sector. By any objective standard this is going to be a very good building.”


Mr Finch countered criticism of some of the city’s new architecture by arguing that designers must look forward rather than back.


“It’s important that new development don’t try to ape what’s gone before,” he said. “Nobody can build something better than Lincoln Cathedral, but we can complement what’s already there.”


He said good university architecture can help to attract and retain students and staff, motivate people and engender a strong sense of community.


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.


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Caption: Paul Finch OBE (right) lays the foundation stone on site. Pictured with him are Professor Michael Earley ((left) of the Faculty of Media and Communications and Derek Cottrell, head of the Hull School of

Architecture (centre).


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

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