Art, Architecture & Design

Site updates and photography by Dave Prichard

Staff have been moving in over the past few days. Everyone is in agreement that the building is looking fantastic. These images were taken on 27 August.


We are delighted to announce that the AAD Building Extension is now open to staff. Academic and support staff will begin to move into the new facilities from today.

Below (images taken on 21 August) are photographs of the finished rooms with boxes ready to be unpacked ready for the start of the new academic year.

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There are a few bits and pieces left to finish across the building (snagging etc) but the major works programme has officially been completed. As you can see, the external shots of the building look fantastic.

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By the start of term, the rooms will be fully completed and ready for use. Below are some additional images from around the building.

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Most of the rooms on the Ground Floor and First Floor now have crates with equipment ready to be placed. The Second Floor and Third Floor are currently being completed with the finishing touches being put in place (images taken on 15 August). 

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The building is really taking shape now and some of the views are really spectacular across the city.

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Just a quick update this week to show you some of the areas now waiting for equipment to be moved in (images taken on 7 August).

Below you can see the Fine Art area on the ground floor which will be a great new space to work in. It will connect to MA Fine Art via a door at the far end (shown in the image below).


Other areas are also progressing well, with the first floor nearly completely finished. It will soon be ready for staff to begin the moving-in process and ICT to begin their installation of computers, screens and networks.

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The image below shows the Gallery space on the ground floor.


The roof terrace is truly looking fantastic. Staff and students are going to adore the Cathedral views and open space. There is just a final set of paving to add and then this area will be complete.


Progress on the finishing and fit out of the building continues apace. The following images were taken on 1 August.

The brickwork is virtually complete, with just a few finishing touches to go.


This is the roof terrace, as you can see the paving is also nearly complete.


Inside, the fit out of work spaces is really beginning to make a difference to how the building feels when you walk through it. These image shows the ceramic workshops and conservation areas.

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The space for Fine Art on the ground floor is still being used by the construction company as storage whilst the works in the rest of the building are being completed, but you can see from these images, the room will be fantastic to work in.



Below are some other features of the ground floor and first floor including lighting and kitchen fit out.

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On 26 July, Professor Ieuan Owen placed one of the final bricks in the building to commemorate the construction phase drawing to a close.

The image below shows Ieuan cementing in the highest brick or apex of the building (images taken by Elizabeth Mitchell).



With Ieuan in the image below are University of Lincoln Project Managers Peter Harrison (left) and Kevin MacDonald (right).


The image below shows the view taken from the LPAC – it specifically shows how high the building reaches! (image taken by Dave Prichard)


It’s getting very exciting on site, the scaffolding is mainly down, leaving just one side and a couple of edges with elevated brick-work to complete (images taken on 18 July). Now that the scaffolding stage is finishing, our stunning new building is being revealed.

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Additional brickwork on the ground floor will be completed in the final stages of the exterior work. The view across to the Main Administration Building is shown below.


The image below shows the work to remove scaffolding from the site.


Work to finish the first and ground floors is well under way. The images below show that the paintwork is complete, electrics and lights are fitted, and now the clean-up operation has started.

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The Ground Floor and First Floor are now looking near completion, with finishing taking place on skirting, flooring and walls. These images were taken on 10 July. The below images show the new innovative heating system (ceiling mounted), the fitted toilets and the floors being finished:

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The lift has also seen some significant change, below you can see the walls and ceiling being fitted now the gearing is in place.


The images below show teaching spaces on the Ground Floor and First Floor. The last image shows one of the academic office spaces.

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The outer wall scaffolding is also staring to come down!


Last, but not least, some images of the tools and equipment strewn across the building as the rooms near completion.

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The building works are really beginning to look near completion in many areas. Below (images taken on 5 July) are the exterior shots showing the brick work reaching the fourth floor!

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These shots show the west side also near completion, with the final glazing now going in. Below the scaffolding is the terrace which has spectacular views over the Brayford Pool.



Internally, the ground and first floors are also entering the final stages of completion with fixtures and fittings mostly finished.

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Significant work has also taken place to install the lift. Below you can see the rigging.

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And finally, here are some additional images from around the site.


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The tours for academic staff have continued this week. So far staff have been genuinely delighted at the new learning spaces in the building. These images were taken on 27 June. The images below show the external brickwork on the south side of the building. As you can see the work is really gathering pace now.

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As you walk into the building, the connection pathway between the existing AAD building and the new one will be full of light and will lead to the reception area.

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As you move up the floors, the finish becomes more pronounced.

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My favourite space has to be the roof, with commanding views over the Brayford Pool and Cathedral. The opposite side views down Tritton Road. The space will connect to the existing AAD building. It is quite simply, amazing.

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The third floor is now at the stage where lighting and wiring are going in.

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And the last image shows the operational heart of the building. Located at the top floor is the equipment that will ventilate and heat the floors below.


The images below were taken on 21 June. Academic staff from Fine Art and Conservation took a tour of the new building today to see the facilities as they develop. Most of the work is now complete for the space Fine Art and Conservation will be using, with doors, heating, lightning and air conditioning all fitted. We’ll bring you images of all the new teaching spaces in the next few weeks.

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The images below were taken on 13 June.

As you can see, the external walls are going up very quickly, especially on the West side.

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Internal work still continues apace, with the ground floor nearing completion. Work to add lighting and data cabling is nearing complete here.


Work continues on each floor, with venting, heating, lighting and cabling work all taking place.


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The images below were taken on 6 June.


Brickwork continues to dominate the activity outside of the building, with significant progress being made over the past week.


This will be the corridor that connects the two halves of the extended building.


Glazing works have now started, with glass replacing the perspex that was weather proofing the building.


This is an image of the lift shaft.


First Floor.


The roof terrace is already looking amazing, with views casting across the city.


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Walls being prepared.


I love these tubes and the effect of texture.


Work continues to progress well. The images below were taken on 31 May.


As you can see above, the brick work is going up at most levels.


The data cables are extensive – ICT will use these to create the network connections around the building.


An image of the internal staircase.


An image from the first floor with exposed beams and cabling ready.


The roof terrace.


Even more cables!


This will be the Reception area!


Work on the glazing is now taking place.

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Already the building is taking shape internally, with lighting fixtures and doors being added to the ground floor and first floor rooms. Much of the wiring and ducting is complete and the roof terrace is looking spectacular. The second image below shows the room which will connect the new building to the existing building – the light is amazing! Images taken on 24 May.

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This week, we have images showing the new door frames and progress of the internal finish. The exterior finish is also really beginning to take shape now. These images were taken on 14 May.

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There’s been plenty going on over the past week, with the internal fit progressing well. Below are the progress shots taken on 8 May.

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With more than 80 workers on site at any one time, there has been good progress on the building since the last update. Brickwork is continuing to go up on all sides and the internal fit out is progressing well. The images below also show paving to sculpture terrace about to be laid (26 April).

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We’ve got some shots of the inside to share with you! (taken on 23 April):


Work on the exterior walls continues this week, with the outer brick work shown below (pictures taken on 15 April):

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We are really beginning to see the changes in the build project now. The white ‘walls’ are the insulation, and the the buildings are now filling in the bricks either side.

Once we have more access, we’ll begin to take some interior shots so you can see the rooms  being constructed inside.

These images were taken on 5 April.

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Here are the latest photos for the new AAD Building taken on 21 March.

The walls are going up!

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Many thanks to Custard Banjo for these beautiful images. You can follow his Daily Image gallery at (15 February)

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Looks like the walls are now taking shape! (taken on 14 February)



New Hoarding is going up! (images taken on 6 February 2013).

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The latest images shows the walls are now being built! (image taken on 5 February 2013).



The Building is really taking shape now, with the main structure now in place (images taken on 3 January 2013).

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Here’s the latest images of the new AAD Building (taken on 14 December)

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The extension to the AAD Building will offer significant investment in improving facilities for Art and Design students on Brayford Campus.

Part of the University’s Estates Masterplan, the vision for the building will be to unite courses taught within the Cathedral Campus to those at the main Brayford Campus. The Building is due for completion in July 2013 with staff and students moving from Thomas Parker House, Greenstone, Think Tank and Chad Varah to AAD.

This blog will track the progress of the multi-million pound building as it is built.

The Building foundation and structure is taking shape with more work to finish the skeleton due to be completed soon.

Existing facilities within the current AAD building have been refurbished for students studying Contemporary Lens Media, Fashion and Product Design. They are due to begin studying on Brayford Campus from January 2013.

Rooms are having new lighting and flooring added ready for January.

The refurbished Gallery will offer a huge space for study.

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