City of Lincoln Council, in partnership with Historic England has awarded £280,000 to the Lincolnshire Co-operative to part fund £770,000 of works to repair and reinstate heritage features at The Barbican Hotel.
In April 2020, the city council received a successful bid for funding of £1.68 million from Historic England, which has enabled a programme of historic building restorations designed to revitalise the area and uncover its rich history.
Included in this is plans to revitalise some of Lincoln’s historic buildings to bring them back to their former glory.
Situated at 11 St Mary’s Street, The Barbican Hotel was grade II listed in July 2021 and is a high-quality mid-19th century building originally constructed as a Gentleman’s Club and repurposed as the Albion Hotel in 1876.
The £280,000 from the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) will enable roof repairs, repairs to timber windows, cast iron RWG, stonework repairs, brickwork repairs and repointing, prior to works to transform the building into a creative hub for the city.
This will be match-funded by the Lincoln Towns Fund, which has seen £19million awarded to Lincoln to drive economic regeneration and deliver long-term economic and productivity growth.
The building is in close proximity to Lincoln’s new Transport Hub, comprising a bus station, a 1,000-space multi-storey car park and an improved Lincoln Central railway station.
Cllr Neil Murray, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Historic Environment Advocate at City of Lincoln Council said: “This building has been vacant for a number of years and is suffering considerable decay.
“Should the building degrade further, it will become detrimental to the overall character and appearance of the conservation area.
“The Lincoln HSHAZ is committed to offering grant support to aid the restoration, reinstatement and sympathetic refurbishment of the Barbican Hotel between taking place between 2021-2023.”
Following these works the Barbican is set to be turned into a creative hub operated by the University of Lincoln in Partnership with the Lincolnshire Co-op.
Prof Neal Juster, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said: “This exciting development of such an iconic building in Lincoln will create many new opportunities within the creative sector, and drive growth in creativity for the city and region.
“The creative industry is home to businesses of all sizes, providing opportunities for entrepreneurs regionally, nationally and all over the world.”