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Lincoln building named Outstanding Project in twin award win

The £2.2m redevelopment of Bishop Grosseteste University's Constance Stewart Hall was designed by LK2 architects

Posted by Julian Owen | April 03, 2019 | Events

It was a night of success for Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) and sports- and leisure-specialising architects, LK2, at the Lincoln Good Design Awards. The firm are responsible for BGU’s £2.2m Constance Stewart Hall redevelopment, which won both the Outstanding Project and Best Commercial Project awards; the former was chosen by Lincoln City Council’s planning department, while the latter was selected by public vote.

In making the Outstanding Project award, the panel praised the design’s maintenance of the heart and character of the existing art deco building, while at the same time adding a modern aesthetic.

Acting as a shop window, the new building gives BGU’s campus greater prominence and promotes the university to the wider community

‘This modern extension to an academic building has real dynamism with bold modern materials and strong geometry which creates great contrast, whilst referencing the art deco design of the host building,’ reads the citation. ‘The result is a prominent and sculptural focal point onto this busy junction announcing BGU’s presence.’

BGU Vice-Chancellor, Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil, said: “When it came to creating a new flexible teaching space, we needed a building that would support our ambitions, and wanted a team of architects who could make this a reality. The design perfectly captured this balance, and our finished building provides students with cutting-edge facilities to help them progress. We are incredibly proud to have been an integral part of the Lincoln community for over 150 years, and it is immensely rewarding to see that the people of this city hold our campus in such a high regard.”

The panel praised the design’s maintenance of the heart and character of the existing art deco building, while at the same time adding a modern aesthetic

Dale Lui, chief executive of LK2 Group, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded two fantastic awards for this iconic scheme, which has transformed the cityscape. The extra special thing about this award is that the project was voted for by the general public, showing that people from the city of Lincoln appreciate the building’s design.

“This project showcases the impact of good design in so many different ways. Acting as a shop window, the new building gives BGU’s campus greater prominence and promotes the university to the wider community. The design of the building has enabled us to create an outward-looking part of the campus, inviting local people to see the university as part of their community.”

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