24th April 2007




The University of Lincoln’s Engine Shed has been nominated for three Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards which are ‘Oscars’ of the construction industry.


The newly built student entertainment and live music venue has been nominated for the awards which recognise outstanding building projects across the East Midlands. The awards it has been nominated for are Building Conservation, Regeneration and Community Benefit.


The Building Conservation award honours conservation in all its forms. The Engine Shed has been nominated for this award as it is a renovation of a Victorian locomotive maintenance shed which was abandoned and derelict and heavily contaminated with petrochemicals, guano and asbestos.


The university decontaminated, restored and extended the building which reopened to students and the public in September 2006.


The Regeneration award recognises improvements to the built or natural environments that make a long term contribution to the prosperity of an area.


The Community Benefit award looks for outstanding achievements in providing community facilities. The Engine Shed has been nominated for this award as it provides students and the public with a live entertainment venue that hosts well known bands, DJs and specialist nights.


The project was designed and managed by UL Architects, the university’s architectural practice, which employs graduates of the university’s School of Architecture.


Principal architect Nigel Stevenson said: “We’re delighted. For a building to receive three RICS nominations is quite rare: it underlines the Engine Shed’s broad role in the university and the city, as well as its rich historical character.”


The winners of the RICS awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in Nottingham on Friday 11th May.


For more information contact:

Sophie Gayler Communications Officer (Press and Media)

(01522) 886042 sgayler@lincoln.ac.uk

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