First look at how Scunthorpe's Civic Centre is to be transformed into a university campus

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 8 Jan 2019

Plans have been submitted showing how the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe is to be transformed into a new university campus.

The Grade II listed building, off Ashby Road, is currently used as North Lincolnshire Council's headquarters but was put up for sale in September last year ahead of a planned move by council staff to Church Square House in the town centre.

The authority revealed in November that it had teamed up with North Lindsey College and the University of Lincoln for a scheme which aims to deliver 1,500 university-level places within Scunthorpe.

And more details have now been revealed, showing how the remodelled building will look, with the existing council chamber to be used as a lecture theatre, teaching areas replacing councillors' offices and IT labs being installed.

A total of 25 general teaching spaces, shown in red on the drawing below, are planned, along with three seminar spaces, one lecture theatre and a cafe.

The ground floor of the building, which would see the council chamber become a lecture theatre (Image: Race Cottam Associates)

The council chamber on the ground and first floor is to be converted into the lecture theatre, with the café and social area added behind it.

Offices on all floors are planned to be extensively remodeled to convert them into teaching and seminar areas, and specialist teaching areas such as IT labs would be created to accommodate different higher education courses.

The changes, detailed in a planning application for the change of use of the building, would also include two fire escape staircases to be added to the exterior of the building, clad in PPC to match the building's architectural style.

Offices for staff will be based on the second and third floor of the Ashby Road building and two external staircases are to be installed.

Around 50 employees are expected to be required, according to the application.

The proposed first floor plan for the new university campus at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe (Image: Race Cottam Associates)

The proposal for the change of use into a higher education facility is currently under consultation, with comments from the public being welcomed until Thursday, January 24.

Under the proposals, North Lindsey College will be moving its existing undergraduate programmes to the Civic Centre, with the centre reopening as a university campus in September.

North Lincolnshire Council's move into the town centre away from the Civic Centre is expected to save local taxpayers £375,000 each year and bosses at the authority say the move will also boost the regeneration scheme in Scunthorpe town centre.

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