11th May 2005




The national President of the Royal Institute of British Architects will visit Lincoln on Friday (13th May) on a fact-finding mission to view the dramatic changes which are taking place in the city's urban landscape.


George Ferguson will tour the city centre and the University of Lincoln to view major regeneration projects and learn about future plans for this rapidly developing city.


During a walkabout with RIBA branch President Craig Duncan and members of RIBA East Midlands' Lincolnshire Society of Architects he will focus on buildings providing housing, shops and offices as well as cultural facilities and academic buildings,


Mr Ferguson will view the Old School in Hungate, the Waterside shopping centre, the market square, the bus station, the site of the former Grand Hotel, the railway station, St Benedict Square, Wigford Way, the Odeon cinema, Brayford Wharf North and the main academic building at the University of Lincoln.


"We are delighted that George Ferguson has chosen to visit Lincoln at a time when new modern architecture is really making its mark on the city and when, in parallel with the delivery of the university's exciting masterplanLincoln is embarking on its renaissance," said Gwen Cottrell, Regional Director of RIBA East Midlands, which has its regional office within the Lincoln School of Architecture at the university.


The visit to Lincoln concludes a tour of all the major regional centres in the East Midlands by George Ferguson, who is on a mission to promote good design and sustainable development across the country.


Note to news / picture editors


You are invited to send a reporter / photographer / camera crew to the City and County Museum at 11.30am on Friday 13th May for a photocall.


Members of the press are welcome to join Mr Ferguson for all or part of the walkabout. In addition to the main photocall at the City and County Museum there will also be opportunities to talk to Mr Ferguson and take pictures along the route.




10.00    Arrive University of Lincoln

10.15    Lincoln City Council coffee and briefing meeting and walk to cultural quarter


11.30   City and County Museum - Photocall

Old school in Hungate, Stonebow, Waterside shopping centre

12.00   Market square, bus station, Grand Hotel site, railway station, High Street and

St Benedict Square, Wigford Way.

12.30   Odeon cinema, Brayford Wharf North, main academic building, University of


End of walkabout

13.00    Lunch at university

14.15   Tour of Brayford Pool campus

15.00   RIBA East Midlands office

15.15   Depart for uphill with Dean of Faculty Art, Architecture and Design, Professor

Vincent Shacklock.
15.30   Lincoln Cathedral and environs

17.15   End of year show exhibitions, Lincoln School of Art & Design

18.00   Speak at prize giving, meet local architects and students at degree shows


For further information contact:


Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

Visit our news web pages:      www.lincoln.ac.uk/news/latestnews.htm


Daphne Oxland or Simon Harbidge in the press office of RIBA East Midlands

01636 812172                        

07770 383284                         oxlandharbidge@tiscali.co.uk