Riseholme Development

This project is now complete. For more information about Riseholme Park, visit our Campus Information pages.

On Friday 3rd May 2019, a landmark new agreement between the University of Lincoln and Bishop Burton College was agreed, securing the provision of high-quality land-based further and higher education at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus for decades to come. With support from the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the agreement ensures practical land-based further and higher education informed by the latest scientific research and industry needs can continue to be delivered at Riseholme into the next Century.

With the signing of a 99-year lease and associated licences, Riseholme College, a part of Bishop Burton College, will continue to enjoy access to the campus, which is owned by the University of Lincoln, to deliver further education for school-leavers in subjects such as agriculture, engineering and equine studies, including at Riseholme’s farm and equine centre.

The University will make significant investments to enhance the educational facilities, as well as advancing its own specialisms in cutting-edge scientific research and higher education courses supporting the food and farming industries at Riseholme, which is home to the University’s Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology. Read more here.

Find information about current facilities on our Riseholme Campus page.


Project updates

The roundhouse, a cattle shed designed to improve the welfare of the animals, has been installed on the farm and is in use. Cattle can now be viewed easily from the outside of the building and which also includes a viewing platform in the centre. 

Roundhouses provide natural ventilation, better access & research has shown that cattle find living in them less stressful than in a conventional shed. The installation of the roundhouse is just one of many improvements to the farm.

Contractors are working to level out the ground with concrete.

Image of a round animal shed with cows insideImage of a round animal shed with cows inside

Following planning approval, work to demolish the existing farm buildings takes place. This is to make way for the new improved facilities which will include a roundhouse for the cattle.

Image of a skeleton of a farm shed

A public consultation is held at the Dairy Farm on Saturday 18th May 2019 to discuss the below development at Riseholme.

At the Dairy Farm, the following improvements to the farm are proposed:

  •  Replacement of the current cowshed with a new “roundhouse” to house the Lincoln Red Cattle
  • A new Bull Pen
  • General improvements to farm buildings including re-roofing, upgrade of internal lighting, extension of the far barn by 10 metres at one end, conversion to a workshop and a further extension to the south to provide for student welfare

Further upgrades proposed for the Equine Centre are as follows:

  • Extension of the outdoor arena
  • New surfaces to all arenas
  • New student welfare space
  • General improvements to Equine buildings

Project questions

Can the general public visit the farm when it is complete?

We will be holding open events for members of the public to visit the Dairy Farm upon its completion, including our Lambing Sunday event in March. This farm is a working farm so we ask that the public respect that.

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Project team:

Loraine Humphreys – Project Manager