Lindum has started work on a new Skills & Education Hub for the Lincoln City Foundation at the LNER Stadium.

The Stacey West redevelopment project will see the creation of a brand new hub as well as a number of other key infrastructure improvements.

It will involve construction of a new two-storey extension to the existing stand providing Lincoln City Foundation with the facilities and space to expand its social impact work in the local community.

The stadium will benefit from a new mains water supply, increased power supply and a state-of-the-art pitch irrigation recycling system. This will coincide with the club’s ongoing plans to invest in safer standing solutions in both the Stacey West stand and a section of the GBM stand.

Funding for the £2.5 million development, which is expected to be completed in Summer 2024, has come from the Be Lincoln Town Deal, which has contributed £800k, Football Foundation, EFL Stadia Fund, Youth Investment Fund and Lincolnshire Co-op as well as almost £400k from the Stacey West Investment Bond.
Lindum Site manager Neil Holt said: “We have our site set up in place and we have around six weeks to complete all the preparation work needed so we can keep going once the football season starts again.
“Initial works involve redirecting services and high voltage power lines and taking down an existing toilet block to clear space.”
Lindum’s architectural technicians Sam Pearse and Sam Rice created the concept design and technical design for the scheme.

Caroline Killeavy, Town Deal board member, said: “The Community Hub coming from the Stacey West development will be hugely beneficial for those who live in the wider county, the city and the local community in Sincil Bank. The Be Lincoln Town Deal is proud to support the project and we can’t wait to see works progress.”

The Stacey West stand holds a special place in the hearts of every Imps fan serving as a permanent memorial to Bill Stacey and Jim West who along with 54 Bradford City fans lost their lives in the 1985 Valley Parade tragedy.
Trevor Stacey, Bill’s son, was on hand to place the first spade in the ground and mark the start of an exciting new chapter for the club. Trevor was joined by representatives from the many grant funding agencies including Misha Chotai (Youth Investment Fund), Sam Turner (Lincolnshire Co-op) and Rob Bradley (Red Imps Community Trust), as well as City chief  executive Liam Scully and Foundation chief executive Martin Hickerton.
Martin said: “This is a really key moment for the club, and particularly the Foundation, as we can start to see our new home truly becoming a reality.
“The need for our services has never been greater, and this expanded space means we can continue our growth to help those in our communities.”