A new community hub and an innovative teaching and studio space have been officially opened by the city of Lincoln mayor (Tuesday 5 February), marking the next phase of the regeneration of Sincil Bank.
The two facilities were opened in a joint event held by City of Lincoln Council and the University of Lincoln. The facilities form part of the wider place shaping framework commissioned by the city council for the regeneration of the Sincil Bank area.
The plans involve a range of measures to improve the area including the development of a Community Land Trust and a variety of environmental improvements.
The city council’s new community hub on Portland Street was the first to be opened. The hub is the new space for the council’s Neighbourhood Team which will act as a focal point for improvements in the area and allow local residents to access advice and guidance during the improvement project.
The hub opened its doors to residents on 21 December 2018 and has already welcomed over 100 visitors.
Angela Andrews, Chief Executive of City of Lincoln Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome a brand-new community hub to Sincil Bank.
“Community work and engagement has been taking place in Sincil Bank for a number of years, and over this time, we have seen a real shift in focus to ensure that the community change is being led by the residents.
“At the gateway to Sincil Bank with approximately 2,500 households and over 6,000 residents, the community hub will enable residents and visitors to receive advice, engage in community meetings and have a self-service access point right on their doorstep.
“We look forward to seeing the difference this makes to a community that is very important to us in Lincoln.”
Proceedings then moved to the University of Lincoln’s new Ground Lab on the corner of Portland Street and Hermit Street. The converted shipping container will provide a unique meeting and teaching space which it is hoped will foster collaborative projects between students and the Sincil Bank community.
The space will be used by academics and students from across different disciplines who will work on a range of community engagement projects during the regeneration. Design Studio sessions and presentations hosted by the University’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment will also take place to give residents the opportunity to engage in community design meetings.
Trevor Elvin, Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture who has led the Ground Lab project, said: “We are delighted to be on site. Ground Lab continues to deliver on the university’s commitment to be a civil university which services the community in which its sits.
“Over the next 5 years we look forward to engaging the Sincil Bank community in a creative conversation around ideas of place making, the built environment and the use of public space.”