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16th February 2010, 4:18pm
University secures future of marina site
brayford The University of Lincoln has purchased a substantial piece of land alongside the Brayford Pool, and has pledged to develop the site sensitively in the future while maintaining the boat moorings there.

The deal sees 1.3 acres of land to the side of the flyover (currently a car park), the marina building and more than 100 of the Brayford's moorings change hands from a private operator to the University.

John Plumridge, the University's Director of Estates and Commercial Facilities said: "We will be considering long term options for the site and these will all involve retaining and improving the boat moorings, which we see as a very important asset for the city, culturally and in terms of the Brayford's appeal to visitors.

"We have no intention of developing the site for high rise flats and multi-storey car parking. Instead we will be seeking a use of the land that is sympathetic to the city, makes the most of the surroundings and has been subject to wide consultation with local people.

"This investment will give us more room to develop our teaching spaces in the coming years to help us improve the student experience and attract the best staff."

The marina building (which is currently vacant) will be refurbished as accommodation for staff and office space associated with the moorings.

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