Towns Fund Projects

3. Drill Hall Development

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Lincoln College

Project Description

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.

Project Rationale

  • Responds to the need to repurpose an iconic cultural asset to enable it to become self-sufficient
  • Supports recovery through investment in cultural asset as part of the wider City Centre offer
  • Delivers skills and training provision and links with the HEAT college
  • Responds to needs identified by employers, local community groups for services, leisure and commercial provision to safeguard the future of this asset