Sectors & Projects - Education

Joseph Banks Laboratories, University of Lincoln

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Becor House is a landmark Grade II listed 1940s building at the University of Lincoln’s new Science and Innovation Park. The £4.2million Becor House renovation project formed the Joseph Banks Laboratories and Minster House, which accommodates the Schools of Chemistry and Life Sciences, and a pharmacy.

The 28 week complex project included adapting an existing industrial building into 6,000m2 of state of the art laboratories, formal and informal teaching spaces, and creating research facilities for over 1,500 students and more than 100 employees.The project allowed the university to bring together previously separated groups of researchers under the same roof. The scheme was shortlisted at the RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards in the Regeneration category.

The building was designed with a simple linear form which facilitates navigation and has excellent access to natural light throughout. The renovation provided a range of facilities, including:

• The Nucleus, with three new social learning spaces.
• Six new seminar rooms, each with space for sixty people.
• Four new tutorial rooms, each with space for ten people.
• The Maltby Suite, a dedicated pharmacy teaching suite
• A flexible pharmacy teaching and learning area.
• A mock pharmacy and drug store.
• A medicine suite.
• Six consultation rooms.

“I have been in the construction industry nearly 35 years, worked on the Channel Tunnel, numerous prestigious projects in London and the last five and a half years at the University of Lincoln, and I can honestly state that as far as I am concerned, Henry Boot Construction Limited are one of only two contractors I have worked with in the past which I would classify as an exceptional contractor.”

Peter Harrison, Head of Projects, University of Lincoln