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David Chiddick Building, University of Lincoln

University of Lincoln


The University of Lincoln required a new home for the rapidly expanding Faculty of Business and Law. The University had acquired the former offices of the Lincolnshire Echo adjacent to the Brayford Campus in the city centre which they had earmarked as the new home for the faculty. Emphasis was placed on reutilising as much of the existing building fabric as possible.


The sustainable design approach to the project meant that works to the exterior of the building were minimal. A large roller shutter which provided access to the press hall was replaced with glazing, allowing abundant light to flood in to the interior of the building. A new external canopy above the main entrance and an external fire escape staircase were also added. The main interventions to the building were internal, transforming the former office spaces of the newspaper into dynamic open plan learning spaces. Client input was vital from the earliest stages in order to create some of the more bespoke facilities which would be required by staff and students.


The project has revitalised the existing building, refurbishing and reorganising the space effectively to form a flexible new modern working environment. Through a collaborative approach with all parties concerned, the project has created a dynamic new home for the Business and Law faculties which has proved overwhelmingly popular with staff and students.

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