14th July 2014, 3:09pm
Charitable donations the catalyst as science laboratories near completion
Maltby Suite artist impression State-of-the-art science facilities at the University of Lincoln are nearing completion thanks to two substantial charitable donations.

The Joseph Banks Laboratories are the centrepiece building of the £14 million Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, which is being created by the University of Lincoln and Lincolnshire Co-op in the industrial heartland of Lincoln.

The facility, due for completion this summer ready for the new academic year starting September 2014, will be the new home for the University’s schools of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry.

Thanks to two significant philanthropic gifts to the University, the Joseph Banks Laboratories will boast a cutting edge Pharmacy Clinical Skills Suite, complete with bespoke teaching accommodation including consultation rooms and a medicines information centre; and scientific laboratories designed to the highest possible standards of disabled access.

These developments have been funded with donations from the Maltby family and the South Nottinghamshire Centre Fund.

The Pharmacy Clinical Skills Suite will be named the Maltby Suite, in recognition of the generous donation by brothers David and Anthony Maltby.

A separate gift from the South Nottinghamshire Centre Fund has enabled the Joseph Banks Laboratories and the neighbouring Minster House to be designed for disabled access well-beyond the mandatory specifications of UK building regulations. This includes extra wide doorways, motorised workbenches that can be adapted for different height requirements, extra safety features and additional lifts and ramps to improve accessibility.

Professor Andrew Hunter, Pro Vice Chancellor for Science at the University of Lincoln, said: "We are extremely grateful to David and Anthony Maltby and the South Nottinghamshire Centre Fund, not just for their remarkable generosity, but also for their far-sightedness. These donations are an investment in the talent and ambitions of future generations of scientists and pharmacists. Each graduating student and each research breakthrough emerging from these laboratories will be a part of that legacy, helping to transform the University, city and county."

The Lincoln Science and Innovation Park is taking shape on an 11-acre site off Tritton Road, close to the University's main Brayford Pool campus. The Joseph Banks Laboratories are named in honour of the 18th century botanist from Lincolnshire who joined Captain Cook on his first great voyage to Australia.

Thirzah McSherry, Head of Alumni & Fundraising at the University of Lincoln, said: "Philanthropic gifts are crucial to universities, particularly when it comes to funding the best new facilities. It is wonderful to see that the vision of the benefactors who first helped to create a university campus here in Lincoln still flourishes today."

The gift from the Maltby family was made via the Lincolnshire Foundation, the charitable trust first established in the 1990s to develop a city centre university campus in Lincoln. As a Higher Education Corporation, the University of Lincoln is an exempt charity under the Charities Act 2011.
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