21st May 2007




One of Lincoln’s most popular entertainment venues, the Engine Shed has won a regional award for regeneration by making a long term contribution to the prosperity of Lincoln.


The RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) has awarded the University of Lincoln’s Engine Shed the Regeneration award which recognises the improvements it has made to the surrounding environment.


The Engine Shed was also highly commended in the Building Conservation category which honours conservation and renovation. The winner of this category was the impressive Dean’s Eye Window at the Lincoln Cathedral. The Dean’s Eye Window also won Project of the Year meaning three out of a possible five awards were given to Lincoln.


The Engine Shed will now be entered into the RICS International Awards taking place in the autumn.


The win makes 2007 the university’s third winning year in a row at the RICS Awards. In 2005, the Great Central Warehouse Library won the Building Conservation category and was runner up for the Regeneration award. In 2006 the northern half of the university’s Brayford Pool campus won the Regeneration category and was runner up for Project of the Year.


David Mullaney, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “The award panel came to the university because of their knowledge of the university’s development masterplan in Lincoln city centre.


“The university has been represented at a number of recent award events with projects such as the School of Architecture, the EMMTEC building and the GCW Library. The Engine Shed was shortlisted because of the RICS interest in two particular categories- Building, Conservation and Regeneration.


“We are delighted to be recognised in both categories. We feel like winners in coming second to the wonderful Dean’s Eye Window and indeed for winning outright the Regeneration award. We look forward to progressing to the international awards in the autumn.”





Notes to Editors:

·         The Engine Shed project involved the decontamination of the original Victorian structures, extensive structural reengineering, addition of modern glass and steel extensions and installation of 21st Century building services and audiovisual equipment to create Lincoln’s largest modern music venue.

·         UL Architects, which designed the Engine Shed, is the only RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) architectural practice owned by a British university and employing graduates of the university’s School of Architecture.



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