8th August 2003





The derelict Great Central Warehouse is to get a new lease of life from the University of Lincoln.


The university has secured the lease on the building and will turn the former warehouse into the campus library, ending years of speculation about the future of the site.


The new library facility will form part of a new student-friendly quadrant of amenities on Brayford Wharf East including the proposed Students’ Union, student-related retail outlets and possibly a new arts centre.


Meanwhile the university’s original library and media centre – the second major building to open on the Brayford Pool campus in 1998 – will focus on teaching and research in media, humanities and computing subjects.


Renovation work on the Great Central Warehouse is likely to begin in the autumn and the new library is expected to be open in September 2004.


“After many years of uncertainty we’re pleased to announce that we’ve acquired the lease on the Great Central Warehouse from Limes Developments in order to accelerate the development of the south-eastern quadrant of the Brayford Pool site,” said Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Jim Whittingham.


“Our vision is of a 24/7 student-friendly quadrant providing all the amenities our students need and at the same time creating a physical link between the university campus and the city of Lincoln.


“The warehouse is a historic building of some significance which we will preserve and retain within the wider setting of the new university campus.”


The university library provides access to over 250,000 books and 1,000 periodical titles as well as a large selection of reference material.


The library is home to a number of specialist collections including a law library, a European collection and the Royal College of Nursing resource centre.


CGI impressions of renovated library facility for download below:


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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

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