Towns Fund Projects

5. Accelerated Fund – Cornhill Phase 2

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As part of the city council’s City Centre Vibrancy Programme, the second phase of works began on Monday 11 January, 2021.

These works, which followed Phase 1, the demolition of the former tourist information kiosk, tree retention and reinstatement works will provide a new public realm across Cornhill Square, and are expected to be completed by summer 2021. 

Cornhill Phase 2 will significantly upgrade the existing paving and include street furniture and associated drainage works to the quality standard of the recently refurbished Cornhill Pavement immediately to the east and improve connectivity between the Transport Hub, regenerated Cornhill Quarter and the High Street.

Cornhill Phase Two Works Completed

Works to Phase 2 Lincoln Cornhill paving works are now complete following the official re-opening of the area.

City of Lincoln Council, who delivered the works were joined by Cllr Neil Murray, Lindum Construction and Thornton Firkin on 5 August to officially re-open the area.

The Cornhill Phase 2 works, which began in January 2021 and were funded through the government’s Towns Deal Accelerated Fund, and forms part of the City Centre Vibrancy Programme, follow the completion of Phase 1, which included the demolition of the former tourist information kiosk and new seating

These works which include upgrading the existing paving and providing new street furniture  now matches the quality of the area previously completed in the refurbished Cornhill Quarter.

Throughout the construction period, contractors, Lindum Construction have worked with local businesses to ensure as little disruption as possible during the construction period. 

Maria Clayton, Capital Project Manager at City of Lincoln Council said:

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the businesses for their patience and support during this period.

These works have created a fully upgraded public realm area within the centre of the city, which improves access between the Transport Hub, Cornhill Quarter and the High Street, and also allows for a flexible space that can be used for a range of purposes, including events.”

Mark Leason, Contracts Manager at Lindum added:

“It’s great to see the work completed. It’s another piece in the jigsaw of improvements that Lindum has carried out around the Cornhill.

"It’s not been an easy job as the site is in the centre of the city. We’ve worked day shifts and night shifts to get it completed with the minimum amount of interruption. The shops nearby have been fantastic. They helped us come up with a phasing plan for the work and their staff have been really patient.

"Our subcontractor Lincolnshire Block Paving has done a great job too and Andy Sullivan, who carried out the work, was actually replacing old paving which was laid by his dad many years before."

Cllr Neil Murray, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth at City of Lincoln Council said:

“I am very pleased to see the completion of improvement works at this important part of the city centre. 

The area is much improved and now compliments and connects better with the high quality standard of the Sincil Street/Cornhill quarter.”

This is the first project to be completed through the government’s Towns Deal Fund.

Speakers Corner at Cornhill Square

Speakers Corner at the refurbished Cornhill Quarter


New paving and street furniture at Cornhill Quarter

New paving and street furniture in the Cornhill Quarter