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5plus unveils plans for agri-robotics lab in Lincoln

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AJ100 practice 5plus Architects has revealed plans for a £1.2 million agri-robotics laboratory at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme campus

The research centre, which has been fast-tracked ‘to meet funding and planning deadlines’, forms the first phase of 5plus’s wider masterplan for the university’s pioneering Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) which has been submitted for outline planning.

The 264m² scheme will be used by scientists researching development of robotic and drone-based ‘autonomous farming technologies’.

The Riseholme campus sits within a country estate and registered park, which includes the Grade II-listed Riseholme Hall, and the laboratory ‘takes reference from the local farmstead vernacular, using materials which will blend into the landscape over time’.

According to the practice, the building is ‘both modest and forward thinking; a simple form of cross-laminated timber that references buildings on the site with a highly specified internal space’.

Project data

Location Riseholme Campus, University of Lincoln – 3 miles north of Lincoln city centre
Type of project Newbuild agri-robotics Research Centre
Client Lincoln Institute of Agri-Technology for the University of Lincoln
Architect 5plus Architects
Planning consultant Savills
Structural engineer Booth King
M&E consultant Couch Perry Wilkes
Quantity surveyor Pick Everard
Planning supervisor Pick Everard
Funding University / ERDF
Tender date September 2017
Start on site date January 2018
Completion date tbc
Contract duration tbc
Gross internal floor area 264m²
Form of contract and/or procurement tbc
Total cost £1.2 million

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