Towns Fund Projects

3. Drill Hall Development

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Lincoln College

Project Description

The Drill Hall project reopens an iconic, much-loved, culturally important building at the heart of the city centre. A symbol of local and national recovery, the building closed its doors at the start of the national pandemic and will reopen as a brand new revitalised venture, building on its core purpose and meeting the needs of the local communities and businesses.  

The provision of a renewed venue that will provide a wide range of services, drive a sustainable economic future for this iconic space and strengthen this local cultural asset. Located on the edge of one of the most economically deprived wards in Lincolnshire, the Drill Hall will offer a leisure venue for local community groups to meet, adult training provision that will provide both routeways to employment and Continuous Professional Development for local priority sectors. 

In addition, it will offer a mental health drop-in service that will be based in the community cafe providing a safe, relaxed and informal space to meet with health professionals and discuss concerns, linking with the Health and Wellbeing Centre proposals. In the evenings the centre will focus on making the arts more visible and easier to access by delivering a range of performances to support a holistic cultural offer within Lincoln, working in collaboration with other arts venues. 

Total project cost: £1,550,000 

Town Deal funding: £1,000,000 

The Drill renovation

The interior of The Drill's main area.

The Drill Video - Be Lincoln Town Deal 

To view the outcomes of this project, please see the downloads section of the website.