Lindum Construction will continue to play a part in the regeneration of Lincoln city centre after being successful in its bid to build a new Everyman cinema for Lincolnshire Co-op.
Construction teams will begin work on the new venue in early January, signalling the start of Phase Three of the award-winning Cornhill Quarter restoration project.
The news comes after Lindum successfully completed Phase One of the project, involving complete renovation of the Grade II listed Corn Exchange Building, and as Phase Two progresses to completion, with the restoration of shop units in Sincil Street.
Lindum was awarded the latest contract following a competitive tender process and director Simon Gregory said he was very happy to continue working on the project.
“Having been involved in the Cornhill Quarter development since the beginning, I am delighted that Lindum emerged as the successful contractor for the next chapter.
“It demonstrates that, alongside the obvious benefits of being ‘local’ and having a well-established relationship with the client, we are competitive when it comes to price and quality.
“As builders, we are now very familiar with the site and the constraints of operating in a tight city centre location. We will look to continue the good practice we have established, such as keeping the area clean, organising deliveries around busy shopping and commuter times and using local supply chain and subcontractors.”
Work will begin with the demolition of the red brick units which used to house Bonmarche and Thomas Cook. In their place, Lindum will build a new three-storey glass-fronted cinema plus 27,000 sq ft of retail space.
Ursula Lidbetter, Lincolnshire Co-op’s Chief Executive, said: “As we reflect on progress made in 2018, we can really see our vision for the heart of Lincoln coming together at The Cornhill Quarter, with a combination of national brands alongside existing and new local businesses.
“Following the opening of Cosy Club in February in the beautifully restored Corn Exchange building, Phase Two of the development got well underway and is now very much near completion. And things are continuing to move at pace as we look ahead to 2019.
“Work is set to begin on Phase Three of the development in the first week of January, which will be home to the independent boutique ‘Everyman Cinema’. The new building will animate this historic setting with a dramatic three-storey glazed façade, and a roof terrace bar with views of the cathedral. We are looking forward to continuing to share more exciting announcements in the coming months, which will further enhance the heart of Lincoln.”