2nd December 2004




The man responsible for overseeing the quality of UK universities will preside over the official opening of the University of Lincoln’s new library next week.


The former Great Central Warehouse, which has been converted into a £5 million campus library, will be opened on Tuesday 7th December 2004 by Peter Williams, Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency.


Mr Williams has a special interest in both books and historic buildings. He and his brother have both worked in the printing industry and his father was a proof reader at the Oxford University Press.


Mr Williams was a founding member of the Leicester Group of the Victorian Society which spent some time looking at key Victorian buildings threatened by development in the city and identifying possible alternative uses for them.


“For the University of Lincoln to take an old warehouse and convert it into a state-of-the-art library is admirable and refreshes my faith in higher education as a source of the brightest ideas,” he said.


“This conversion brings together in a visible form many of the values and purposes of higher education: the importance of the conservation and transmission of knowledge, a strong commitment to innovation, a respect for tradition but equally the capacity to see possibilities.”


The building was constructed in 1907 by the Great Central Railway as a goods warehouse and was later used as a materials store by builders’ merchants Harcros.


It was abandoned in 1998 and later acquired by the university, which plans to develop a 24/7 student zone in the south-eastern corner of the Brayford Pool campus.


The conversion project was supported by English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and has been nominated for Civic Trust Award.


Around 150 VIP guests will attend the opening ceremony, which will begin at 11am on Tuesday 7th December. During the ceremony group room 6 on the second floor will be named the Worth Room in recognition of Dick Worth (1907-1994) who encouraged and supported young people in their personal development.


Members of the public are invited to tour the new building during an open evening between 5pm and 8pm.


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

01522 886042 jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk