Sarah Swift Building

This project is now complete. Below you can find an archive of information including progress photos and project details.


The University is investing £19m to create the Sarah Swift Building – the new home for our Schools of Health & Social Care and Psychology.

The new building is named after Dame Sarah Swift GBE RRC, nurse and founder of the College of Nursing (now the Royal College of Nursing), born in Kirton Skeldyke in south Lincolnshire.

A two-minute animation of the finished building is below.

» Ground Breaking Ceremony
Topping Out Ceremony
» Progress Photos

Project overview

Health & Social Care and Psychology are two of the largest Schools in the University, and the number of Nursing students at the University has grown rapidly since 2012.

The facility will house specialist teaching and research spaces for both Schools, as well as general teaching and learning facilities for use by the wider University.

Health & Social Care

The building will bring the whole School of Health & Social Care together in one location for the first time, replacing its existing facilities in the Think Tank and Bridge House. It will include advanced clinical simulation facilities for the School’s Nursing programmes, as well as tutorial, social learning and office space for the School’s students and staff.


The building will also collocate the whole School of Psychology for the first time, replacing the School’s existing  facilities in the Minerva Building and Bridge House.

Interdisciplinary links

The collocation of Health & Social Care and Psychology in the new building will facilitate the development of interdisciplinary interactions between students and staff in both Schools. The building will also provide purpose-built space for the College of Social Science’s growing Centre for Professional Development and its interdisciplinary teaching and research activities.


The Sarah Swift Building will be located on Brayford Wharf East, to the north of the David Chiddick Building:

Sarah Swift Site Plan

The project will also allow for the improvement of public space between the Sarah Swift Building and the David Chiddick Building (the green space highlighted on the plan).


Enabling works are now complete, including the demolition of existing structures on the construction site. Main construction commenced on the 25th of April, and the building will be complete in June 2017.

Your views

The University is committed to maintaining and developing state-of-the-art facilities which offer an inspiring environment for teaching, learning and research.

We welcome comments and questions from students, staff and members of the public. Please get in touch here, or share this page with friends and colleagues.

Progress updates

Estates & Campus Services will post regular progress updates here throughout the project.

Progress Photos April 2017

Progress Photos February 2017

Progress Photos January 2017

Progress Photos – December 2016

Construction is progressing well with glazing being installed externally and internal partitions being created for the office spaces and specialist teaching areas.

Progress Photos – November 2016


Topping Out Ceremony – 20th October 2016

On 20th October 2016, we celebrated the topping out for the Sarah Swift Building with BAM Construction, BAM Design and the University of Lincoln.

Progress Photos – July 2016

Ground Breaking Ceremony

On Tuesday 10th May 2016, we celebrated the ground breaking ceremony for the project. You can view the photos below.