30th September 2005





The  University of Lincoln has won a prestigious regeneration award for transforming the landscape of the Brayford Pool area in the heart of Lincoln.


At the East Midlands Property Annual Dinner last night (Thursday) in Nottingham the university won the Regeneration Award for the East Midlands.


The award is given each year to “the most creative scheme in the East Midlands to have transformed the physical, social and economic health of an area and which has brought sustainable and lasting benefits to the area.”


The Regeneration Award was presented to Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the university, by David Higgins, Chief Executive of the award sponsors English Partnerships.


“This award is the result of an enormous amount of support from many partners in Lincoln, especially City of Lincoln Council officers and the unique skills of our in-house Estates Department,” said Professor Chiddick.


“It is excellent to see Lincoln being recognised on the regional stage. Following the announcement earlier this week of a major cash injection we are now set to complete this wonderful project over the next five years.”


Keith Laidler, Director of Development and Environmental Services at the City of Lincoln Council, said: "We have worked very hard to get Lincoln recognised in the East Midlands in all strategic documents as one of the top five players in regeneration.


“We have now achieved that and this award truly demonstrates we are a player on the regional stage.


“We are fortunate that in the university we have an innovative, dynamic and proactive regeneration partner."


To date the university has invested well over £70 million in the Brayford Pool campus, which opened in 1996.


This week the university announced a refinancing deal which has released a further £30 million to complete the campus.


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Caption: Professor David Chiddick (left) receives the award from David Higgins, Chief Executive of English Partnerships (photograph: Mike Beard)


Contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincoln

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk or

I-Cheng Chan, Communications Officer, City of Lincoln Council

01522 873443                         i-cheng@lincoln.gov.uk