Liciten wigh Flash

Date set for work to transform former Lincoln hotel into creative hub

The former Barbican Hotel building that has sat opposite Lincoln train station for 150 years will undergo work this autumn to become a creative hub. The building will become Lincoln’s Barbican Creative Hub and is expected to open in summer 2024.

It will serve as a collaborative environment for new creative businesses where entrepreneurs can access resources from the University of Lincoln and engage in programmes. It will feature a public gallery, freelance art studios and a cafe.

The total cost of the project is £3,342,000, with £1,700,000 coming from Town Deal funding. The hub aims to be a focal point for knowledge exchange and innovative practice across Lincolnshire.

Read more: Overwhelming opposition to 120 homes in North Hykeham quarry

Sally Denton, the executive director for the Barbican Creative Hub at the University of Lincoln said: “The Barbican Creative Hub has been making exciting progress behind the scenes, enabled through a strong partnership between the University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire Co-Op and City of Lincoln Council.

“Following on from the initial exterior stonework renovations, completed thanks to High Street Heritage Action Zone funding, work will commence shortly on phase two of the project which will see the interior of the building being fully refurbished whilst celebrating the heritage of this iconic building.”

The Grade II-listed building was constructed in 1867 as a gentlemen’s club and was later converted into the Barbican Hotel, and has been vacant since 2008. The project forms part of the £19 million grant secured by the city council from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in March 2020.

The fund supports a five-year project programme focusing on digitalisation, skills development, sustainable transport, and urban regeneration. Liam Scully, chairman of the Be Lincoln Town Deal board, said: “The Be Lincoln Town Deal is already making an impact on our community, with projects such as the Lincoln Community Grocery Store, the Hospitality, Events, Arts and Tourism (HEAT) College, and Lincoln Be Smarter already complete and creating positive change within the city.

“We’re excited to see more projects progress within the next year.” City of Lincoln Council leader Ric Metcalfe said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many of the Be Lincoln Town Deal projects making progress this year.

“As well as already completed projects, developments such as Cornhill Market, Lincoln City Football Club Community Hub, Greyfriars, and the Barbican Hub are set to give so much back to our wonderful communities.”

Scroll to Top