Lincoln Medical School for the University of Lincoln has been shortlisted in the Lincoln Good Design Awards.
“The Lincoln Medical School is a landmark building for the University and there has been so many positive comments and experiences from users and visitors of the building.”
The Lincoln Medical School for the University of Lincoln has been shortlisted at the Lincoln Good Design Awards.
The awards were established in 2017 to recognise good design and the shortlisted schemes were selected from developments within the City of Lincoln Council Administrative Boundary which celebrate the positive contribution that high quality design has made in Lincoln over the past 3 years.
HLM worked closely with the University to develop the brief and to understand their specific medical requirements as well as academic aspirations for flexible working and collaboration. At the concept stages HLM’s in-house sustainability team assessed orientation, climate, site positioning and passive measures to reduce energy demand. As the design developed, whole-life carbon emissions were assessed and sustainable materials with low embodied energy across the whole life of the building – such as high quality local natural stone – were prioritised.
The building optimises natural daylight, promotes natural cooling and cross ventilation combined with high thermal mass construction and night-time purging to minimise heat gains. These passive features are coupled with a “fabric-first” approach to reducing energy use and carbon emissions in the building’s operation. Rooms that had to be mechanically ventilated such as dissection suites use central air handling equipment located on the rooftop with tempered air.
The new five-storey building comprises of an active lecture theatre, laboratories, pro-section anatomy suites, equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic tools, and a clinical skills suite with mock consultation rooms to simulate hospital wards or a GP’s surgery. Alongside the technical brief the University were keen that the building visually and physically promoted health and wellbeing. The new medical school is therefore based on biophilic design principles and is the most sustainable building on their campus.
Karl Brown, Project Lead; “The Lincoln Medical School is a landmark building for the University and there has been so many positive comments and experiences from users and visitors of the building. We are proud to have been involved in the project and delighted to see it shortlisted/win this Design Award.”
Bevan Adams, Director of Estates, University of Lincoln; “There was a great spirit of collaboration on this project at all stages; right across consultants, contractors and the Planning Authority. This was crucial to overcome the unprecedented global challenges we faced at the time to deliver a building of architectural quality that was sustainably driven, and is making a critical contribution to the future of Lincolnshire’s healthcare.”