Work underway on new University Campus North Lincolnshire

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 8 Apr 2019

Work is now under way on transforming Scunthorpe's Civic Centre into a new university campus.

Contractors moved onto the site, off Ashby Road, last week, with the first students expected to walk through the doors in September.

The Grade II listed building was North Lincolnshire Council's headquarters, although council staff have now moved to Church Square House in the town centre.

The University Campus North Lincolnshire project will see 1,500 undergraduate places delivered in a partnership between North Lindsey College, the council and the University of Lincoln.

Contractors Britcon and Theaker Joinery are now on site at the Civic Centre building, working on its transformation.

Councillors gave approval for the project in February, in the council chamber which will become a lecture theatre.

Work underway at what will become University Campus North Lincolnshire.

Plans for the remodelling of the building show teaching areas replacing councillors' offices and IT labs being installed.

A total of 25 general teaching spaces are planned, along with three seminar spaces, the lecture theatre and a cafe.

North Lindsey College principal Mike Lochran welcomed the start. In a tweet he said: "Great to see local companies Britcon Ltd and Theaker Joinery starting the refurbishment of North Lincolnshire Council Civic Centre, soon to be UCNL."

When the venture was first unveiled in November, Mr Lochran said: "While higher education at North Lindsey College has grown substantially over the last few years, having a dedicated university campus in the town will make higher education  more accessible to people across our community, promoting real social mobility."

Work has started on converting the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe into the new University Campus North Lincolnshire. Pictured are Andy Toyne, senior contracts manager for Britcon; Les Kirk, head of capital projects at the DN Colleges Group; Kenny Sewell, site manager for Britcon; Mick Lochran, principal at North Lindsey College and Steven Johnstone, director of HE programmes for University Campus North Lincolnshire.

And Maxina Butler-Holmes, the college's assistant principal for higher education, said: "We are already one of the largest college-based university centres in the UK with an outstanding reputation for quality through our inspections and judgements through the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for higher education.

Open events were held last month for prospective students to get more information about the university campus project and see artists' impressions of how it will look.

Simon Hardwick, who attended the first of the open events, said: "It all looks really encouraging - it's great to see a university campus in Scunthorpe with its own base and student area.

"It would be much more cost beneficial to study here and I'm strongly considering enrolling."

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