12th October 2007


Robert is booked by the Library


A former University of Lincoln student has won a competition to create a garden for a new state-of-the-art library.


Garden designer Robert Fielding-Martin submitted a design as part of a competition held by Boultham Library. The designs were displayed in the library and a public vote selected Robert as their winner.


Robert successfully completed his studies at Riseholme College at the University this year and now works for award-winning garden design and construction company, Scenic Blue.  He now has the task of implementing his design, working with the local community to make his blueprint a reality.


“Although I thought I’d drawn up a good design, I was surprised that mine was the one that was chosen,” said Robert.  “It was quite a difficult space because of the overall shape and the brief required a quiet, peaceful place with quite a lot of seating. I’m looking forward to getting started on the work.”


Robert’s design incorporated a water feature and circular path and he capped off his design with a cast-iron sculpture of a book.


Course tutor Paul Levins added: “It was great to be able to provide Robert with a fantastic opportunity to start his career off and we look forward to continuing to support him and Boultham Library as the garden is built.”


Boultham is one of the county’s newest libraries. It opened in June 2006 offering a light and spacious environment with some of the most modern facilities in Lincolnshire. Staff decided to approach the University in order to create a space befitting the new style of the library, which aims to be a hub for the whole community.


Louise Stocker, Community Engagement Officer for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The exciting designs created by the university students have allowed library staff to consult with the local community as to how the area surrounding their library will look. 


“Rob’s design clearly captured the minds of our users and we are extremely grateful to Biffaward for giving us the funding which will enable Lincolnshire County Council to work with local volunteers, Moorland Neighbourhood Management and the University to create a space which will hopefully become a focus of the community.”



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