Construction teams from Lindum Group have begun work on new shop units and residential apartments as the second phase of Lincoln’s multimillion pound Cornhill quarter renovation gets underway.
Following completion of the £12 million refurbishment of the Corn Exchange building, Phase Two of the development will provide 23,000 sq ft of retail space, as well as a bright, attractive walkway through to the recently opened 1,000 space multi-storey car park.
As contractor, Lindum Group will be extending the properties along mid-Sincil Street, while completely upgrading the internal specifications and reinstating the traditional shop fronts, as far as possible, into the historic façade.
Teams from Lindum Construction have begun by demolishing the rear of the existing shop units while supporting, retaining and repairing the front façade. This will allow new extensions to be built into the rear courtyard to form four new retail units.
Also, at the railway station end of Sincil Street the team will then begin the part demolition of the building which used to be a restaurant, whilst still retaining the frontage, before extending the buildings to form ground floor retail space and nine residential apartments to the rear.
Finally, Sincil Street will be re-paved from the railway station end up to the Corn Exchange area in a similar style to the paving recently laid around the Corn Exchange building.
Simon Gregory, MD of Lindum Construction, said “As a local company, which has worked in and around Lincoln for more than 60 years, we are particularly proud to be working with the Lincolnshire Co-op team on this superb, multi-million pound project that continues to regenerate a historic part of the city centre.
“The work has already involved the refurbishment of the original Corn Exchange building and will now see the sympathetic restoration of surrounding properties, substantially enhancing the historic streetscape.
“There are many challenges involved in working in busy city centre locations like this one where retailers are still trading and members of the public are shopping and we try to be considerate of our neighbours whilst we carry out the work. It is also very rewarding to see as well, where our own employed skilled trades people are putting their skills to good use.”
Lincolnshire Co-op said it was pleased to announce that the second phase of £70 million The Cornhill Quarter redevelopment has started on site.
The Cornhill Quarter is set to rejuvenate and transform the area around Sincil Street, City Square and the Cornhill through a sensitive combination of repair, refurbishment, extension and new development. Work has completed on phase one of the scheme, which has seen the Grade II Listed Corn Exchange building being meticulously renovated to create space for five new tenants. Moss Bros. and Flying Tiger opened in mid-October, and Cosy Club is set to open in the new year.
Ursula Lidbetter, CEO of Lincolnshire Co-op, said: “We’re pleased to announce that phase two of The Cornhill Quarter redevelopment is underway. Mid-Sincil Street is a key retail location within Lincoln and is a fundamental stage in our ongoing transformation of this area of the city centre. Working with Lindum Group once more, we are excited to see this phase of the development take shape and look forward to giving the people who live and work in Lincoln, and visitors alike, even more choice.
“This announcement follows the news that Flying Tiger Copenhagen and Moss Bros. are now open for business, with Cosy Club joining them at the newly redeveloped Corn Exchange building early in the new year. We are also in talks with a number of other exciting names and will be making further announcements in due course.”
The second phase of The Cornhill Quarter redevelopment is set to complete next year.