Designs for a £2.2M extension to Constance Stewart Hall at Bishop Grosseteste University are being developed thanks to Lincoln-based LK2 Architects.

Contractor Robert Woodhead has started work at the university’s city centre site this month (1 August) and the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) has provided a streamlined procurement process for the scheme.

The innovative designs by LK2 will see the university benefit from contemporary accommodation and flexible teaching spaces complementing the unique art deco design of the original building.

Andrew Kitchen, director at LK2, said: “We are very pleased to be working on this integral scheme in Lincoln which will transform the cityscape. We have been working closely with Bishop Grosseteste University to design a new vision for its campus while providing improved facilities for students.

“We are certain that this redevelopment of Constance Stewart Hall will meet the needs of the university’s staff and students while bringing the university into an exciting new era.”

The first phase of the redevelopment was completed last year by Robert Woodhead with phase two due to take place over the next 12 months.

Juliet Slater of Robert Woodhead Limited, added: “We are delighted to be working again with Bishop Grosseteste University through the empa Minor Works Framework as it continues to enhance its facilities for students, staff and visitors.

“Being a local contractor, based just a few miles away means we will be using local Lincolnshire steel for the frame. The university students will also gain valuable work experience on the project; we are looking forward to working with the university, architects LK2, and the wider team to deliver a very exciting scheme in the heart of the city.”

Due to the efficiency of the redevelopment’s design and empa’s support, Bishop Grosseteste University will be able to invest further resources into its teaching and staff thanks to the money and time saved on the scheme.

Fred Robson, head of estates at Bishop Grosseteste University said; “The new classrooms will give our students state of the art teaching facilities in a modern extension which complements the original building extremely well. The new project will update a rather forgotten area of the campus and give BGU a real statement building on one of the main routes into Lincoln.”

The ambitious project will not only benefit the community on completion but also help support local apprentices and businesses throughout its duration.

The project is expected to be completed by summer 2017 – transforming the education offering in Lincoln.