Saturday, September 30, 2023

Work to start in New Year as construction contract signed for Campus for Future Living

East Lindsey District Council has officially appointed Lindum Group to construct the £8.5m Campus for Future Living in Mablethorpe.

The signing of the build contract is a significant milestone for the Council as it marks the first council-led Town Deal project moving to the delivery stage in 2023.

The flagship project for the Lincolnshire coast and wider East Lindsey has received £8.5m from the Mablethorpe Town Deal funding from the Government’s Levelling Up agenda, supported by the Connected Coast Board.

Work will now begin on site in January with turf cutting scheduled for early February. The build is scheduled for completion and handover to the Council in 2024.

Led by a coalition of local, regional, and national partners, the Campus for Future Living offers significant potential in reducing health inequalities in Mablethorpe as well as across the district.

It presents an opportunity to put Mablethorpe at the forefront of medical technology and innovation, offering a centre for health and care related teaching, training, research and development.

Accommodation, a coffee hub and parking facilities are also part of the scheme.

Cllr William Gray, portfolio holder for communities and better ageing at East Lindsey District Council, said: “The signing of the construction contract is a milestone for the Campus for Future Living and I am delighted the council has Lindum Group on board.

“The possibilities the Campus of Future Living offers residents and the opportunities it will bring to people in Mablethorpe and our communities are truly exciting.

“The Town Deal, particularly with this project, gives us an opportunity to improve the lives and wellbeing of residents and for that change to have a lasting impact for generations.

“I look forward to seeing work start on site in the New Year.”

Lindum Group MD Freddie Chambers said: “We are delighted to be here today to sign the construction contract and we anticipate work starting on site at the end of January.

“It is a great project for Lindum to be involved in, not just because it’s the area’s first Towns Fund scheme but also because it should have a positive impact on local health care, which as a large employer of Lincolnshire people, is important to us too.

“We have been working closely with the council to develop the design of the building which also has many ‘green’ credentials. Using BREEAM Excellence guidelines as a benchmark, it will incorporate air source heat pumps, solar panels and battery storage systems. There will also be electric charging stations for mobility scooters and lots of natural ventilation. All these elements will help to reduce the running costs and operational carbon impact of the finished building.”

Julian Free CBE, deputy vice chancellor, University of Lincoln, said: “We are very excited about the Campus for Future Living and are confident it will have a positive impact on the people of Mablethorpe and beyond.

“It is fantastic to have the Campus for Future Living construction contract with Lindum signed. We are now firmly advancing to the delivery of what will be a transformative project in Mablethorpe driving better health and social care outcomes for the local community. The University is pleased to have played its part in getting to this stage and looks forward to being an active participant in the completed Centre.”

Chris Baron, chair of Connected Coast, said: “The signing of the construction contract is a significant milestone for the Campus for Future Living that brings us ever closer to getting started on site.

“With the Campus, we will have a national exemplar in medical technology and innovation in our area that is set to bring jobs, investment, and opportunities for our local communities.

“I look forward to seeing work begin and the exciting vision for this project translate into delivery on the ground.”

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