29th July 2005



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Work has begun on a new media and computing centre at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus to strengthen links between the university and the region’s business community.


Jeff Moore, Chief Executive of the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), will visit the university on Tuesday 23rd August for a turf-cutting ceremony to officially mark the start of construction work.


The East Midlands Media and Computing Centre is being supported by emda and Lincolnshire Enterprise and will provide an IT centre of excellence and outreach for media and computer-based learning and R&D.


The centre is a major extension to the university’s Media, Humanities and Computing building and will provide a 250-seat conference auditorium, research and development labs in computing and media technologies, dedicated training suites and advanced satellite uplink facilities which will put Lincoln at the cutting edge of broadcast technology.


The extension and redevelopment work to the existing building will cost £5 million in total. Grant funding from emda of £1.8 million and from Lincolnshire Enterprise of £200,000 has allowed the project to go ahead.


The extension was designed by UL Architects at the University of Lincoln and building work, which is expected to be completed by May 2006, is being carried out by HBG.


“The East Midlands Media and Computing Centre is crucial for the development of the university’s economic regeneration agenda and will play an important role in the physical development of the Brayford Pool campus by creating a new public square,” said Gary Cook, Director of Commercial Partnerships at the university.


The 250-seat auditorium will be available for local businesses to hire and for university-sponsored networking events as well as full-scale conferences. 


Note to editors: the official turf-cutting ceremony to officially mark the start of construction work will be held at 1pm on Tuesday 23rd August. More details to follow.


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

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk