This county is no stranger to world-class design. It’s home to one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in the world, in the form of our very own Lincoln Cathedral. It’s also home to Belton House, a gorgeous country manor with landscaped gardens that put Versailles to shame.
Then, of course, there’s the Dock Tower in Grimsby, which looks like it was lifted straight out of the Piazza San Marco in Venice, as well as the Heckington Windmill, the design of which continues to impress architects almost 200 years after being built.
Despite these impressive achievements, the country continues to contribute rich ideas and creations to the world of design. Join us as we look back over a year of design stories in Lincolnshire.
Grand designs in the public sector
Much of the creative energy of Lincolnshire’s best architects and designers have been invested in the public sector in 2018, with some seriously impressive results.
One of the biggest developments this year was undoubtedly the completion and opening of the Lincoln Transport Hub, comprising a new central bus station, multi-storey car park, and a pedestrianised plaza in Lincoln city centre.
The sleek, futuristic glass design won critical acclaim for its “people-centred” design, picking up several design awards throughout the year.
Then there was the £600,000 redesign of a Lincoln nursery which has similarly been met with universal praise. The redesign of the Children 1st Nursery involved incorporating Scandinavian design influences to create a calm, healthy space conducive to children’s education.
Transforming old into new
There have also been some inspiring transformations of old, previously-unloved structures into modern masterpieces.
The refurbishment of Lincoln’s historic Duke of Wellington pub into a creative hub for a major graphic design company made headlines across the county earlier this year. While still underway, the finished design promises to bring an open, modern feel, while still retaining the historical features of the building.
The designers may still be deciding how to incorporate furniture that achieves this. Experts would undoubtedly suggest that light oak furnishings, such as the oak furniture by Furniture Village, is an ideal way to give a fresh, contemporary feel while still respecting the history of the space.
Similarly, work has already begun on revitalizing Lincoln’s historic Cornhill District, sprucing up the Victorian merchant buildings whilst giving the whole neighbourhood a sleek makeover. Lincolnshire designers certainly place a heavy emphasis on local heritage.
Bold plans for 2019
2019 looks set to be even bigger than this year in the design world. Plans were recently unveiled for the construction of three “neo-brutalist” tower blocks in Cleethorpes, which will dramatically alter the skyline and represents one of the boldest architectural projects ever to grace the seaside town.
On top of this, there are the plans to build a £21 million medical school using eco-conscious design and sustainable materials. St Peter’s Hill in Grantham is also slated for a makeover, with some of the most respected design firms in the country working together to build a public leisure and retail complex using unconventional design methods.
Lincolnshire clearly has the same capacity for producing innovative and inspiring design that it did two centuries ago. If the year ahead is half as exciting as 2018 has been, then 2019 looks set to be another year of great design.