It’ll be for post-grad students in Lincoln


The Imagination Station on Beaumont Fee. Photograph from City of Lincoln Council

Approval is to be granted to demolish part of a former play centre and Chinese buffet to build 41 new student flats.

The site is situated within the Cathedral and City Centre No.1 Conservation Area and although the present building is not listed, a Grade II listed building, Friends Meeting House, is situated opposite.

In September City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee examined Killingbeck PLG’s proposals to raze most of the existing structure of the former home of Imagination Station and Big Wok, on Beaumont Fee, and rebuild it as part of the development, leaving the front façade.

The application proposes 41 en-suite “study rooms” with shared kitchen and lounge facilities. 5 dormers would be added to the roof of the building with a four-storey extension positioned behind.

The main hall, a warehouse and a relatively new link block to the rear of the development will also be demolished in place of a new extension.

The Planning Committee for the project concluded that “the development would relate well to the site and surroundings, particularly in relation to siting, height, scale, massing and design”, bringing “a vacant site back into use with the retention of the front façade of the building, which would ensure the character and appearance of the Conservation Area is preserved.”

The building will be part of the well established neighbouring post-graduate residential units development, and will face the Park Court student accommodation located on Park Street.

As part of the structure, residents will gain shared access to existing facilities including a gym.

The proposed look of the build. Photograph from City of Lincoln Council