Former Lincoln nightclub and Laser Quest to become community and worship space

Plans for a former nightclub and Laser Quest venue in Lincoln to be transformed into a community and worship space have been approved.

Proposals, submitted to the City of Lincoln Council by the Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance and St Swithins Lincoln, will see the former Laser Quest building on Free School Lane become community and worship space with ancillary café and ancillary office uses.

The existing building is vacant and empty, and has been unoccupied for at least 10 years. with the most recent use of the building being a Laser Quest.

The former nightclub of Free School Lane. Photo: Google Street View

As part of the changes to the building, this is expected to create around six new jobs, taking the number of jobs within the organisation up to 16.

The community and worship space will be located over two floors of the building and will include:

Ground floor

  • A reception space to serve as a welcome area, where visitors can be greeted and directed to the right areas within the building.
  • Social entrepreneur/charity hub: Hot-desking spaces for social enterprises in particular.
  • Office and meeting spaces associated with the community uses of the building. Offices for use by St Swithin’s in its administrative functions as well as by other organisations sharing the values and mission of the church. It is anticipated that space for approximately 30-40 people will be needed.
  • Café/servery with an area of sofas and café style seating which can be used for a range of functions from a café, to space for functions/events and informal meeting space.
  • Areas for young people to meet/youth club style area, which would include a small external area.
  • Kitchen area to prepare food for the café/servery area, as well as the events that will take place in the building.

First floor

  • Worship area to accommodate 400-450 people.
  • Stage area immediately adjacent to the worship space.
  • Café/servery area to serve those attending services and making use of the upstairs spaces, including for events.
  • Dedicated spaces for use by young people. The areas nearest to the worship space will be intended for the youngest children so that they are able to be near to their parents during services.
  • Clothes store to support the clothing bank that St Swithin’s operates for those in need.