High-end student residential scheme gets the go ahead

Plans to introduce a further 272 student bedrooms as part of the recently announced Viking House development in Lincoln have been given the green light by the City of Lincoln Council.

The developer aims to meet some of the demand generated by the University of Lincoln’s ambitious expansion plans, which is anticipated to see the population of the University’s Brayford Campus increase by more than 3,300 students in the next seven years.

Dominik Jackson, director of Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “Whilst the University’s expansion is a huge success story, the increased student numbers creates a lot of challenges in the housing sector in Lincoln, which is why we saw the importance of using this space to fill that gap in the market.

“We have done a lot of work in improving the Brayford area and are pleased to be delivering another well-designed and modern development in the city.

“We worked very closely with the planning and conservation officers at the Council on the design and functionality of the site and are proud of the outcome. We are pleased to see works starting on phase one now and look forward to delivering this scheme in the centre of Lincoln for students to enjoy for many years to come.”

The University of Lincoln has fully supported the proposal of the development, which aims to make a significant improvement to the entrance of the city by improving views along Newland and Carholme Road.

The build programme, which is being delivered by local construction company LGG Projects, is expected to reach completion by September 2019.

New city centre student residential scheme given the green light

Lincoln-based Jackson & Jackson Developments has revealed that a new six storey building, which was given planning permission earlier this year, will be used for student accommodation located on the existing Grantham Street NCP car park in Lincoln.

Following the grant of outline permission in March, a more detailed proposal for the building to be used as a purpose-built student residential scheme was presented to the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee and unanimously approved on Wednesday 20th June.

When complete in September 2019, the development will feature one level of NCP car parking space open to the public, and the remaining five floors will be home to 118 high-end student bedrooms to accommodate the shortage of student beds in the city.

Dominik Jackson, director of Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “After receiving outline permission to create this new building in March we began considering a number of uses for the building, but after lengthy discussions with the University of Lincoln about a pressing shortage of student accommodation in the city, we decided to use the facility to meet this growing demand.

“We feel this development will significantly improve an under-utilised site in the city centre. We have designed a building which compliments the neighbouring buildings, providing a much stronger street scene and a user-friendly place to park.

“We are very much looking forward to starting work on this scheme, which we believe is a strong addition to this part of the city and will enhance the character of the Conservation Area.”

The design of the building was created with the surrounding area in mind, the windows of the build on the west elevation will be finned so that they will look away from the opposite building, avoiding any opportunity for overlooking. Obscure glazing has also been introduced to the circulation space to soften the elevation and depth to the window reveals and use of locally referenced bronze materials will be used to add a contemporary look to the building.

The build programme, which is being delivered by local construction company LGG Projects, is expected to start in July this year.