News: Watch as demolition workers move in to flatten two shops in Lincoln

News: Watch as demolition workers move in to flatten two shops in Lincoln

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Empty shop units in Lincoln city centre are being pulled down to make way for a new development of shops, restaurants and flats.

UDCS Ltd pulled down three former shops opposite the train station in St Mary’s Street on Monday, July 15.

These will be replaced with one new two-storey building housing flats and a three storey building next to the Barbican Hotel comprising flats over shops.

The two new buildings will be separated by a new gated entrance to a goods yard.

Here’s a video of the demolition work by Bennies Britain:

No details have been released on what shops will go into the new premises which will replace the premises which included the former Cotton On clothing alterations shop and Hair By Edwin.

The Barbican Hotel which is next to the three units currently being demolished is set to be redeveloped at a later date.

The hotel building, which has stood empty since 2008, was originally a gentleman’s club which dates from 1867.

It became the Albion Hotel in the 1870s and was renamed the Barbican in the 1980s.

Architect Clarity:NS Ltd wrote in support of a planning application that the loss of 7 to 10 St Mary’s Street – the shop buildings previously occupied by Cotton On, another business and Hair By Edwin – would be more than balanced by the gains to the rest of the area.

 

It describes shop buildings at numbers 1 to 5 as attractive Edwardian terrace of two-and-half stories in red brick with a slate roof set out in five regular bays.

Shops about to be demolished in St Mary’s Street, Lincoln
(Image: Bennies Britain)

It states: “At ground floor each contains a shop, at first floor there is an attractive curved-ended oriel window and the second floor is dormered.

“To the east, stands the former Barbican Hotel. This is, potentially, a very attractive building. It consists of a central block of four storeys in an eclectic Italianate style, constructed in red brick and stone with a slate pitched roof.

“An eastern single storey wing features a Vicenzan window and domed roof light.

“A western wing is a later extension of three storeys, which today looks rather blank at its upper levels due to the removal, at some point in the 20th century, of what was once a very ornate oriel window.”

A digger pulls down a building in St Mary’s Street
(Image: Bennies Britain)

The architect concludes that the northern side of St Mary’s Street forms the southern boundary of the Cornhill Quarter.

The statement goes on: “There are no statutorily Listed structures here, but the frontage contains a variety of scales and styles of older building, ranging from the two-storey modest shops and offices near the transport interchange to the grandeur of the former gentleman’s club most recently known as the Barbican Hotel.

“However, few of these are in a good state of repair and we intend, though a combination of repair, sensitive alteration and new building, to allow St Mary’s Street to achieve its full potential.”

The redevelopment of St Mary’s Street begins
(Image: Bennies Britain)

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The Coop is spearheading the £70m regeneration of the Cornhill and Sincil Street areas which has so far has included the Cosy Club open in the revamped Corn Exchange, a new bus station and multi-storey car park, and restored and extended shops in Sincil Street.

Time Line

The Cornhill Quarter timeline


  1. Late 2016 – works begins to demolish the old bus station

    Led by City of Lincoln Council, the £30m Transport Hub project, completed in January 2018, has given Lincoln a new bus station and multi-storey car park as well as improvements to Lincoln Central railway station.

    The scheme was backed by Department for Transport, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Lincolnshire Co-op, Network Rail, Lincolnshire County Council and East Midlands Trains.

    The contractor was Willmott Dixon.


  2. Work also began on the £12m Corn Exchange restoration in 2016.

    It was completed in October 2017 and now is home to Cosy Club, Moss Bros., Flying Tiger Copenhagen and Thomas Cook. The contractor was Lindum.


  3. Phase 2 – Sincil Street – began in November 2017

    Phase 2 is the refurbishment of shops in mid Sincil Street and a passageway to the transport hub.

    Lindum is also extending properties backwards to create 23,000 sq ft of retail space.


  4. A cinema is promised in phase 3

    Phase 3 will bring a four-screen Everyman Cinema and 27,000 sq ft of shop space.

    Planning permission was granted in March 2018 and work began in January.

 



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