12th May 2006





Completion of a new student centre in a renovated former engine shed on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus will come a step nearer next week.


John Godfrey CBE, Chairman of the university’s Board of Governors, will conduct a topping out ceremony on Tuesday (16th May) at what is set to be one of the largest student union venues in the East Midlands.


The former Great Northern locomotive shed at Brayford Pool is being renovated and turned into a new student centre at a cost of £6 million.


The building, which is the only surviving engine shed in Lincoln, was built by Great Northern Railways in 1874.


It has stood empty since 1964 but will re-open this September as a 1,500-capacity entertainment venue which will also be accessible by members of the public.


The Engine Shed and the Great Central Warehouse Library will form a spectacular new eastern gateway, river crossing and public square, making the Brayford Pool campus more welcoming to members of the public.


On completion the Engine Shed will form the social heart of the campus and a focus for student life in Lincoln.


“The Engine Shed will transform beyond recognition the university’s social provision for its students, giving them a facility of which they can feel very proud,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


The building will be multifunctional, combining a performance venue and nightclub space for up to 1,500 guests with other bars and dining spaces and supporting office accommodation.


It will also provide a high-quality, fully accessible venue exhibitions, open days, ceremonies and graduation balls.


The topping out ceremony will take place at 5pm on Tuesday 16th May. Reporters,  photographers and camera crews are welcome to attend.


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

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk