Lincoln University Riseholme Campus Masterplan
Identifying a future vision and education-led masterplan for a listed rural estate campus

University of Lincoln

Location: Riseholme Campus
Service: Masterplanning & Architecture

Value: £80 million
Size: 220ha
Programme: 2015

Agri-Robotics Laboratory
Value: £1.2 million
Size: 265 sqft
Programme: 2015

5plus have assisted the University of Lincoln in identifying a future vision and masterplan for its historic Riseholme campus. The focus on safeguarding this sensitive listed rural estate in Lincolnshire. The campus and its Grade II listed neo-classical hall and registered park were formerly the palace of the Bishop of Lincoln. The Estate is currently used as a teaching and research campus for the University of Lincoln as well as providing agricultural and teaching facilities for Bishop Burton College, a Further Education provider who will vacate the site from 2020.

Our proposals investigate new and alternative uses for the campus to support the University’s ongoing research into Agri-technology and bio-secure farming technologies. Critical to the vision is the removal of many low-quality teaching and accommodation buildings which have blighted the core of the campus for many decades. The solution to replace them with high-quality homes, landscape and facilities including a new community sports hub, village shop, heritage centre, allotments, craft workshops and community farm. In addition, the Lincoln Institute of Agri Technology (LIAT) will be established and further investment into the University’s 110 ha demonstration farm.

5plus were also appointed to develop a proposal for an Agri-Robotics Laboratory as the first phase of a larger development for the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus. The LIAT masterplan comprises of a number of buildings to suit the different research requirements of the department, of which the Agri-Robotics Laboratory forms one building. The masterplan was formed by referencing the architectural language and form of a typical farmstead, while taking into account the modern, specific nature of the uses within.

This concept was developed further for the Phase I Agri-Robotics building, where a simple, timber form was conceived that was reminiscent of the buildings on site but suitable for the modern nature of the internal programme. The client brief was developed through communication with relevant members of the client team, then progressed and co-ordinated with the design team.

Although simple in form, the complex requirements and timescales of the planning process and funding application meant the approach to the scheme had to be carefully managed with the design team and to meet the client’s needs.