24th January 2011, 4:43pm
Lincoln's spectacular new Faculty building open for business
The new Faculty of Business and Law building The University of Lincoln's Faculty of Business and Law has moved into a spectacular new building.

Staff and students have moved to a new home in a stunning £6m conversion of the former Lincolnshire Echo newspaper offices on the edge of the University’s main Brayford Pool Campus.

The building's renovation was designed by Lincoln-based Stem Architects, the same team behind the University's award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library and the iconic Engine Shed student centre, both sympathetic conversions of existing buildings. The main contractor on the build was local construction firm Lindum Group.

Features include a 250-seat lecture theatre, a 60-seat Harvard style lecture theatre, mock courtroom, language and IT lab and innovative 'learning lounges', designed to encourage interaction between undergraduates, postgraduates and staff. The building has been designed to maximise access to natural light and there is also a stunning outdoor teaching area and garden.

The building also includes the Lincolnshire Leadership and Management Centre. This centre, funded with almost £1m from emda (East Midlands Development Agency), is specifically designed for local business leaders to work alongside academic staff to develop the high-level skills the economy needs.

Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Professor David Head, said: "This superb building represents the University’s commitment to providing our students with the latest in teaching and learning facilities and our academic staff with enhanced opportunities for collaborative working and research.
"A few reminders of the building's previous identity have been deliberately retained as a tribute to its origins, and the cavernous press hall has been the inspiration for an atrium designed to flood the building with natural light."

The official opening ceremony of the new Faculty building took place today (Monday 24th January), when a plaque was unveiled officially naming it the David Chiddick Building in honour of Lincoln’s former Vice Chancellor. Professor Chiddick, who retired in autumn 2009 after nine years at Lincoln, was the special guest.

Professor Chiddick said: "I simply cannot express adequately the enormous privilege and honour it is to have the latest building of the University of Lincoln named after me. As a retired Vice Chancellor, who is still passionate about the University, it is enormously satisfying to see it in good hands and continuing to make tremendous progress on so many fronts under the leadership of Professor Mary Stuart."

The Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Lincoln provides a broad portfolio of courses, including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, professional qualifications and bespoke programmes, as well as engaging in a varied research programme. Students rated its courses among the best in the country for student satisfaction in the 2010 National Student Survey, with Accounting ranked number one overall nationally.
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