The Lincoln College Group was thrilled to welcome AOC 22 Gp Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Turner, who officially opened the newly re-developed Monks Building in Lincoln on Wednesday 3rd June.
He was joined by Air Commodore Chris Luck, Group Captain Paul McClurg and Wing Commander Russ Barnes who accompanied him for the official RAF visit.
The £4.5 million redevelopment included the refurbishment of the Friary Building which had formerly housed the library and has been converted into an impressive suite of offices for the senior leadership and finance departments.
A second floor has been added to the Monks Building, originally built in 1978, which now houses a state of the art library facility; the first floor has a new student common room and a centre for professional development.
The newly constructed student common room has become a popular destination for students, being used by an average of 150 each day. Special events, external speakers and support groups are held there. The library has outstanding facilities, including the loan of laptops as well as books, magazines and DVDs. The space is airy, welcoming and has inspirational views across Lincoln.
A-level student William Chapman said:
The library is a vast improvement on the old one, it’s a nicer environment, the laptop loan means that you can choose where you sit, and people seem to be more respectful of the new facilities.
Library Team Leader Clare Lee commented:
We find the new library very calm and a really pleasant place to work in. The layout and furniture are fresh and modern, and students are responding positively to the new environment.
Lincoln College Group CEO Gary Headland led the party of distinguished visitors on a tour of the new facilities and also Deans Sport and Leisure which was completed in July 2012 and houses a commercial sports centre with leisure and spa facilities along with curriculum classrooms, human performance laboratory and complementary therapy clinics.
A short walk across campus to the Grade 2 listed Sessions House followed, where music students played and a sumptuous dinner was prepared by level 3 professional cookery students and served by level 2 and 3 food and beverage service students.
Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Turner commented:
I’m enormously pleased to have come to such an innovative, modern and flexible learning environment at Lincoln College today. It is absolutely clear that the college is leading in all areas of learning development and has an inspirational insight into how we might grow together, taking students forward into rewarding careers within the RAF. There is clearly much work to be done and I look forward to an enduring healthy and highly productive long term relationship.