University of Lincoln (UoL) Architects is set to start on site with this scheme at the heart of the university's campus. The Engine Shed project, for a student unionstyle facility, forms part of the wholesale redevelopment of a vast brownfield site to the south of the city's Brayfield Pool area. Unusually, the scheme is by the university's own architecture firm which, although closely associated with the school of architecture, is an independent entity. The 16-strong office was set up in 2001 to work on the development of the site, which will form the heart of a new campus. When this work begins to dry up in five to 10 years, the office will be free to win work elsewhere. The Engine Shed building was originally constructed in 1874 by the Great Northern Railway but after 90 years of active service has stood empty since the mid-1960s. UoL Architects said it will enhance the building through the use of 'bold, modern extensions, sympathetic and compatible with the original structure'.
Internally the schemewill provide social elements for the university's students, including a performance venue, a nightclub and dining facilities.