Over 100 volunteers wanted for a new archaeological excavation in Lincoln

Network Archaeology is offering local people the unique opportunity to be part of a group that will explore the archaeology at the site of the existing NCP car park on Grantham Street in Lincoln.

Lincoln-based Network Archaeology was recently appointed by Jackson & Jackson Developments to deliver archaeological services ahead of construction works commencing at the site, which has received planning permission to become a purpose-built student residential building.

Network Archaeology is giving more than 100 volunteers the rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience of digging, metal detecting, finds processing and other archaeological tasks to help uncover any interesting artefacts at the site.

Enthusiastic volunteers must be over the age of eight (minors to be accompanied by an adult) and able to dedicate a few hours on one of the many ‘digging days’ from 30th July and throughout August.

Anyone with an interest in archaeology/history or just keen to take part in this event should contact [email protected] for more details.

During the excavation, all collected artefacts will be washed and marked by the volunteers at The Collection, a nearby museum, with any particularly interesting or unique artefacts put on display in the museum.

Claire Lingard, director at Network Archaeology, said: “We are very excited to be giving the local community a chance to get involved with our work on this exciting project. The Grantham Street scheme is centrally located in the main tourist area of Lincoln and we are sure that it will generate a lot of interest, which is why we are offering so many volunteers the opportunity to be a part of the excavation.

“Any interesting artefacts found will be put on display in the local museum, so we’re looking forward to seeing what our team and the volunteers will find.

“We’re looking for flexible, reliable and imaginative people with an interest in history/archaeology to take part and we would encourage anyone to register their interest as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”

A time-lapse camera feed will be set up and monitoring the site during the excavation and will be published on the Jackson & Jackson Developments website once complete and the hoardings around the development will feature viewing windows so that passers-by can see what’s happening.

Site tours will also be taking place and advertised in the Collection Museum, on Facebook and the hoardings around the site. You can keep up to date with the progress of the excavations through Network Archaeology and Jackson & Jackson Developments’ social media channels; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. @netarchlive or @Jackson_Living #NALive #GranthamStLIVE

The Grantham Street development, which is due for completion in September 2019, will feature one level of NCP car parking space open to the public and five floors of high-end student bedrooms.

Dominik Jackson, director at Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “After receiving unanimous planning permission from the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee earlier this year for the development of this much-needed facility, we are now pleased to see vital excavation works taking place at the site.

“Network Archaeology has worked on many high-profile schemes throughout the region and are experts in their field. Archaeology is an exciting part of any scheme and one that we take very seriously, which is why we are working with the experts.

“With a city so rich in history it seemed a shame not to exploit these works for the benefit of everyone. We’ve worked with Network Archaeology to open up the site, providing an opportunity for local people to gain first hand experience. It isn’t every day you get to excavate in such a location! I look forward to seeing what they’ll uncover.”

All required equipment, PPE and training will be provided to volunteers by Network Archaeology.

Q&A with Paul Mundin, head of residential development at Jackson Living

Jackson Living, the exclusive residential arm of Jackson & Jackson Developments, appointed head of residential development, Paul Mundin a year ago. Paul, from Lincoln, reflects on his first 12 months with the firm, his wider experience and discusses the residential landscape in Lincolnshire.

1.     Why did you want to join the Jackson Living team and how have your first 12 months been?

I have been working in the housing industry for many years and I was keen to take on a new challenge. Jackson Living is a proactive developer with a varied portfolio of schemes. The company’s mission to create quality, statement homes across the region is what attracted me to the firm.

The last 12 months have flown by and I’m looking forward to the future with the company. The Jackson Living team are a great bunch and have a real passion for the industry, which makes them a pleasure to work with.

Jackson Living is one of the area’s most active developers and we continue to work on a range of impressive schemes across the region that act as catalyst for further growth and development.

2.     You’ve got over 50 years of experience in the housing and construction industry, how has your career developed?

I started in the industry as an apprentice joiner and progressed through site management to contracts management and then onto commercial and technical management. I have worked on a variety of housing and accommodation schemes throughout my career, including large student residential schemes for colleges and universities across the Midlands, including the first three phases of accommodation at Lincoln University, as well as a variety of general residential schemes in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond.

With a colourful career so far, I am now proud to say I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and work as the head of residential development for Jackson Living.

3.     What projects have you delivered in the last 12 months?

I have been working on a number of Jackson Living’s projects including Bailgate Mount; a development of nine luxury town houses in Motherby Hill in Lincoln, and The Parklands; a new 155 home residential community in the village of Sudbrooke. Two very different developments that have their own challenges.

Construction works on the Bailgate Mount site have begun now that extensive planning and ground works have completed.

The Parklands, which will feature a restaurant, kitchen garden, community allotments, open spaces and an outdoor gym, is almost ready for construction works to start after gaining full planning permission in 2017. The Parklands will be an incredible place to live and it’s fantastic to be involved in its development so early on. Like other Jackson Living schemes, the 46.7-acre development is being delivered by a local team of contractors.

4.     What makes Lincolnshire a great place to live?

I have lived in Lincolnshire all of my life and although I enjoy travelling it’s always good to return back to my home town. Lincoln and its surrounding villages are very desirable places to live and we continue to see a growing amount of investment in the region, which is vital to helping the community grow and prosper.

The bustling, compact city offers plenty of entertainment with a strong retail, leisure and cultural offer, plus with a number of excellent schools and an award-winning university, Lincoln and Lincolnshire continue to attract an increasing amount of out of towners moving to the area. There is therefore a growing demand for homes in the region and I’m pleased to be working with Jackson Living to help address this.

Lincoln and Lincolnshire have a real sense of community, which is inspiring and is what we are working to create at The Parklands. In short, the area is a great place to live and work.

5.     How is the residential market performing in Lincolnshire?

In my personal opinion, the residential market in Lincolnshire is performing very well. I have noticed a significant number of sites selling off plan, which is great to see. Whilst developments in places like London are starting to struggle, Lincolnshire doesn’t seem to be affected and continues to flourish.

6.     Is there a lack of or demand for certain types of homes in Lincolnshire?

There is certainly a lack of luxury homes in Lincolnshire, people don’t want to compromise on high-end, quality homes and for many years that has been missing in the region. But now that there is much development and expansion taking place, that is being addressed.

What do you think the housing sector will look like in Lincolnshire in 10 years’ time?
Lincolnshire will continue to be a popular place to live and developments will increase in-line with that demand. Jackson Living will bring new house types into the area meaning more choices for those looking to purchase a property. More homes mean more people, more businesses, employment opportunities and a stronger economy. It’s an exciting time for the region.