Construction of 1,372 new student residences was granted detailed planning consent by the City of Lincoln Council at a planning committee meeting on 05 December 2018.
The Council approved a revised planning application, which includes subtle changes to the design in response to comments raised by the committee in July. This decision clears the way for the first element of Aberdeen Standard Investments’ planned £150 million redevelopment of St Marks to get underway. Construction could now begin in 2019 with a phased completion between 2020 and 2021.
The student accommodation responds to the University of Lincoln’s projected increase in demand for quality accommodation from existing and new students. It is an important component of the overall mixed-use redevelopment of St Marks that will include new retail and leisure, housing, a hotel and improved parking.
David Stewart of Aberdeen Standard Investments commented: “This consent marks a significant moment for the St Marks project. It underlines the continued collaboration of both the University and the City Council who, as key stakeholders, share our overall vision for the revitalisation of St Marks.”
The demolition programme for Topps Tiles, Lidl and Homebase, which were located on part of the site earmarked for the new University accommodation, is on schedule for completion at the end of January 2019. However, the main St Marks Shopping Centre remains open and trading as usual.