13th May 2005





The renovated Great Central Warehouse Library at the University of Lincoln has won two major awards from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


The £5 million conversion project won a gold and a silver award at the RICS Regional Awards 2005 staged last night (Thursday) at the Space Centre in Leicester. 


The library won gold in the building conservation category and silver in the regeneration section and is now eligible for an RICS international award. These prizes will be given out at a special ceremony to be staged in October.


“This important listed building was in serious danger due to neglect, vandalism, misuse and theft and has now been restored to become a focal point of the university campus,” said the RICS judges.


“The new use of the building, as a library, does not appear at all contrived and the intensity of use and its popularity make the conservation even more worthwhile.


“The technical restoration work and the retention of original features have been carefully combined with the requirements of a high-tech work and study environment.”


The judges also praised the regeneration aspects of the conversion, adding: “It forms a focal point for the continuing regeneration of the surrounding area and its closer links with the city centre.”


Hosted by Judith Chalmers, the awards ceremony also recognised projects at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, the Blue Boy Hotel in Derby and The Hub in Sleaford. The overall winner was Sherwood Energy Village, a sustainable mixed-use redevelopment of the former Ollerton Colliery site.


“The refurbished warehouse has won much praise since it opened last year as our new academic library and this latest accolade is another vote of confidence for the work we are doing at Lincoln to restore important landmarks from Lincoln’s past,” said university architect Nigel Stevenson.


Go to picture 1            The Great Central Warehouse Library

Go to picture 2            Students enjoying the new facilities in the library


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