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2nd February 2011, 10:48am
First brick cements new School of Engineering’s city presence
First brick cements new School of Engineering’s city presence As construction on Lincoln’s new School of Engineering reaches a key milestone, representatives from the University of Lincoln and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd laid a commemorative brick at an event on Tuesday 1 February 2011.

With the erection of the steel framework now complete the building's brickwork exterior will begin to take shape over the coming weeks. Completion is scheduled for June 2011 and students will move into the building in September.

The new School, a collaboration between the University of Lincoln and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd is the UK’s first purpose-built Engineering School for more than 20 years and is based at the University’s Brayford campus.

Head of the School of Engineering, Professor Paul Stewart, said: “Acting as the client for the architectural practice Allies and Morrison who created the School, made me consider some fairly fundamental questions about what an engineering building is, what’s in it and what should it look like.  I tried to design the perfect School, which would offer the best possible facilities for research, the optimum environment for interacting with industry, and would be a very attractive proposition for potential students.  

“I took a holistic approach to try to include all the things that were good and avoid things that I had perhaps encountered in the past and knew did not work in the context of an effective Engineering School. Visually it will look very modern with some huge glass panels so people will be able to see what’s going on inside as they walk past.”

Siemens' Engineering Director, Steve Middlebrough, said: "Laying of the first brick today is the latest milestone in the build of what promises to be an outstanding facility for both Siemens and the University of Lincoln.The progress made is excellent despite the harsh winter, and we look forward to moving into the facility this summer on schedule. Walking around the facility today really allows you to understand how the School of Engineering will look and  feel. I am sure it will be an excellent learning environment for both the students and our customers in the gas turbine training centre."

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) from the European Union.  Other funding sources include emda, HEFCE, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd, Lincolnshire County Council and the University.

The collaboration between the University and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd has already been commended by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). It was one of only five projects shortlisted for the Team award at their recent Innovation Awards which celebrated the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation.

Photo: Head of School, Professor Paul Stewart, and Siemens Service Engineering & Head of SGT Product Management, Steve Middlebrough, are joined by back row L-R: University deputy vice-chancellor Prof Andrew Atherton; Siemens Training and Regionalisation Manager, Mike Gibbons; Siemens Director of Service Division, Neil Corner; University Estates project manager, Gary McGinty.

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