The Joseph Banks Laboratories were officially opened by newly appointed visiting lecturer Chris Packham today.
Adapted from an existing industrial building, the Joseph Banks Laboratories form the centrepiece of the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, a visionary partnership between the University of Lincoln and Lincolnshire Co-op. The science park will provide a focal point for world-class science research and technological innovation, with initial investment in the site totalling £14m. The 11-acre site is close to the University’s main Brayford Pool campus in the historic industrial heart of Lincoln.
The building features cutting-edge research facilities and excellent teaching resources across four storeys, covering 6,000 square metres. It includes laboratories, seminar and tutorial rooms and open plan social spaces. A pharmacy clinical skills suite, named the Maltby Suite, developed from a generous donation from the Maltby family, offers a specialist learning environment for pharmacy students to develop their professional skills.
Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “It is wonderful to see the new Joseph Banks Laboratories facilities being used by our students and academic colleagues. It represents another landmark in the expansion of science provision at the University of Lincoln. Like our award-winning School of Engineering, this development hinges on close partnership between the University and employers, designed to meet demand for highly skilled graduates in these important disciplines.”