18th August 2005

 

EMDA CHIEF TO MARK START OF WORK

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An official turf-cutting ceremony will take place at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus on Tuesday 23rd August to mark the start of building work on a new media and computing centre.

 

The event will be attended by Jeff Moore, Chief Executive of the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and David Chiddick, the University of Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor.

 

Supported by emda and Lincolnshire Enterprise the East Midlands Media and Computing Centre will strengthen links between the university and the region’s business community.

 

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: Jeff Moore, Chief Executive of the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and David Chiddick, the Universityof Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor will perform the turf-cutting ceremony at 1pm on Tuesday 23rd August.

 

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Jeff Moore, Chief Executive of emda, and Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, perform the sod-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on the East Midlands Media and Computing Centre

 

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(Left to right) Roger Mansell, Regional Director of contractors hbg; John Godfrey, Chairman of the Governors at the University of Lincoln; Bryan Carr, Chairman of Lincolnshire Enterprise; Jeff Moore, Chief Executive of emda; Amanda Spalding, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Enterprise; and Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln

 

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

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk