Lindum’s team of expert joiners are creating five new shop fronts as part of the Cornhill Quarter development in Lincoln.
The structures have been designed to be in keeping with the original Victorian street scene and are being produced following extensive historical research.
They will be installed on units in Sincil Street and are part of Phase Two of the Cornhill project.
Lindum Joinery General Manager Paul Brown said the workshop team were working from the architect’s drawings.
“The idea is that Sincil Street will be taken back to how it would have looked in the early 1900s,” he said.
“While the original shop fronts would have been made from material such as oak, we are using Sapele Hard Wood, which is a stable and durable product.
“The first shop front we’ve produced will sit across numbers 34 and 35 Sincil Street. It has taken four weeks to make, and we still have the door to finish, and possibly the fascia.
“We’ve had two of our joiners working on it and we’ve had to have special tools made to produce the architectural modelling.
“It is a fascinating job and it’s been great to work on. It is proper, skilful joinery and we wold love the chance to do more of this kind of work.”
The Cornhill Quarter development has already seen Lindum Construction restore the Grade II listed Corn Exchange building.
In August, Lincolnshire Co-op announced that national retailer Lakeland would be taking on a 4,000 sq ft space in one of the newly refurbished Sincil Street shops units. The kitchenware company will be relocating from its current unit at St Marks shopping centre to 32 Sincil Street.
It followed on from news at the end of last year that Everyman cinema will open a four screen cinema in phase three of the development, which recently received planning permission.
Everyman will be located opposite the Corn Exchange building, which completed in October 2017 and is home to Cosy Club, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Moss Bros and Thomas Cook.
Construction for phase two is progressing well with timings on track for completion before Christmas 2018.
Julian Rayner one of the joint owners of Lakeland commented: “After a long stop in Lincoln at the old St Marks station, we’re pleased to be moving closer to the centre of Lincoln to enjoy the newly refurbished area of Sincil Street which we think will be an entertaining and enjoyable addition to the vibrant Cornhill Quarter.”
Tim Bradford, Managing Director at Banks Long & Co, one of the joint agents responsible for letting the scheme, alongside KLM Retail said:
“It is great to announce this high-quality brand for The Cornhill Quarter which will further enhance the scheme. Lincoln is a prime location for retailers, attracting around 4 million tourists a year from both the UK and internationally with an available spend of £984.5 million. We are looking forward to welcoming many more brands for phase two of the scheme, which we hope to announce soon.