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The Site

The proposed developments are located at the northern end of The Cornhill Quarter, in Lincoln city centre.

The site, on the corner of Sincil Street and Waterside South, was previously known as City Square Centre and consisted of a Co-op food store, a Post Office, Boyes and other outlets, along with associated car parking. The Co-op food store and adjacent outlets have now vacated the site, many of which have relocated to other local premises.

McCarthy Stone and Lincolnshire Co-op have developed their proposals as part of the next phase of the wider regeneration of The Cornhill Quarter.

We strongly believe that this is a suitable and sustainable location to provide both much-needed retirement accommodation for people later in life in Lincoln, as well as a hotel to support the city’s status as a visitor destination.

The site is well-located in the city centre to serve not only people in later life, but also visiting tourists, with the development site in easy access of local amenities, including shops, cafes, and restaurants. The site also benefits from good public transport links with both the city’s central bus station and Lincoln Central train station close by. The proposals also involve the removal of the footbridge across Melville Street.

Residential and hotel accommodation within the city centre will provide a significant level of local investment, boosting the economy both during the construction phase and for many years to come.


The proposal site at the former City Square Centre


View of the proposal site from Waterside South



Lincolnshire Co-op is undertaking a phased regeneration of The Cornhill Quarter in Lincoln. The aim is to provide new services, boost the local economy and create an outstanding retail and leisure environment.

The rejuvenation of the area around Sincil Street and the Corn Exchange has been undertaken through a sensitive combination of repair, refurbishment, extension and new development.

So far, this regeneration has seen a new bus station and a new car park developed by City of Lincoln Council; the restoration of the Corn Exchange to house shops and restaurants; an Everyman Cinema; a new public space called Exchange Square; and new shops and services on Sincil Street.

This next phase of The Cornhill Quarter Masterplan is to redevelop the land at City Square Centre, off Sincil Street, with specialist accommodation for older people and a 150-bedroom hotel.

Ursula Lidbetter, Lincolnshire Co-op’s Chief Executive, has said: “As the development progresses, we can really see our long-term vision for the heart of Lincoln coming together with a combination of popular local businesses alongside national brands.”

The indicative masterplan below shows Lincolnshire Co-op’s phased regeneration of The Cornhill Quarter. This phase covers the white area at the north of the plan, labelled ‘Cornhill Quarter North’.

The Cornhill Quarter Regeneration Masterplan
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