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Lincoln University, Lincoln Architect: RMJM

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The first phase of Lincoln's new university is a fourstorey self-sufficient building for academic,staff and technical accommodation.It is designed to allow for changing needs:the layout is based on a series of 24 x 15m clear-span 'accommodation modules'with service,lift and stair cores between.

A precast-concrete structure manufactured by Techrete was chosen for quality of finish and speed of erection.It consists of precast columns and edge beams which support pretensioned double-tee floor units laid out on a 1.5m grid to give flexibility.All precast-concrete elements have smooth finishes;the coffered soffits to the floor slabs are exposed,providing thermal mass to regulate temperature and creating zones for servicing.Recessed troughs along the edge beams create a concealed housing for light fittings.When lit at night the precast structure is clearly visible through the glazed walls.

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