University Accommodation

Client Name

Castle Square Developments Limited




65 Weeks



Project Overview

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The £17m Valentine Court development, off Tritton Road in Lincoln, involved building 70 four-storey town houses to accommodate 469 students from the University of Lincoln.

Taking just over a year to complete and involving more than 120 Lindum employees and 285 subcontractors, the project was successfully handed over on time for the students to begin moving in.

The project involved a huge team effort, from conception right through to delivery. Lindum designed and installed a complex Mechanical and Electrical system capable of powering a large development on a limited electrical supply. All 469 rooms have hot water and heating provided by just four boilers that are located in a plant room. This will save money and make it much easier to service.

Unusually, each bedroom has a prefabricated ensuite bathroom pod, which were manufactured off site. During the planning process, Lindum set up a mock bathroom on its Business Park and each contractor was invited in to practice their part of the set up. This meant the team established the installation process before starting on the ‘live’ site, again this saved time and reduced the margin for error.

During construction, Lindum installed a fingerprint recognition system to monitor who was entering and leaving the site. Some days, there could be up to 200 people working at Valentine Court and this was a new and efficient way to keep the building site secure.

Castle Square Developments Chairman John Lockwood said: “We are delighted to confirm that Valentine Court has been delivered by a locally-based team. It has been a real pleasure to work with Banks Long & Co and Lindum Construction on this important project.
“We are extremely proud of the result which, once again, highlights our confidence in the continuing growth of Lincoln and the quality of our partners’ workmanship and experience, which has earned them fine reputations.