28th February 2005

 

STUDENTS IMAGINE NEW LOOK FOR SINCIL BANK

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Sincil Bank residents are being invited to take part in an interactive exhibition this Sunday where they will have an opportunity to comment on proposals for regenerating Sincil Bank, the football ground and the surrounding area.

 

Following a feasibility study carried out on behalf of the Lincoln City Supporters’ Trust, Lincoln School of Architecture students have worked to visualise a range of design options for the redevelopment of the area, from the most practical options for improving vehicular access to the football ground to radical ideas for the relocation of the entire stadium. 

 

The exhibition is one event in ‘The Club’s The Hub’ project, a bold new scheme bringing together a number of groups including Lincoln City FC, the University of Lincoln, Lincoln City Supporters’ Trust and the Sincil Area Action Group.

 

The project aims to improve the environment of Sincil Bank and put the football club closer to the heart of the community. Already a poster campaign has raised awareness of ‘The Club’s The Hub’ and residents have been sent questionnaires asking their opinions on how the area can be improved. 

 

“The Football Supporters’ Trust and the Sincil Area Action Group were working separately to some extent until they realised they had similar ambitions for the area,” said Dr Carl O’Coill, a senior lecturer in the Lincoln School of Architecture with a special interest in urban regeneration and participatory design.

 

“The football club wants to encourage social enterprise, build better links with the community and make greater use of the facilities outside of matchdays. This project is part of a wider move towards making football clubs more of a community resource.”

 

The exhibition will give local residents an opportunity to comment on design solutions to problems they have previously identified. The proposals being put forward are based on ideas residents suggested in questionnaires and interviews. They include play facilities for local children, health services and a new community sports arena as well as solutions to traffic problems caused on matchdays.

 

The partners in the project aim to produce a design masterplan based on feedback from local residents showing how Sincil Bank and the football ground could be improved in the future. “It will be a new urban design that creates a new streetscape,” said Dr O’Coill. “The whole thing is about a vision of what might be possible further down the line.”

 

The exhibition takes place this Sunday 6th March from 12 noon to 6pm at the Centre Spot Bar, Sincil Bank Football Stadium.  Fire breathers will be on hand to entertain the crowd and free refreshments will be available throughout the day.

 

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

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk