Engineering a university building Sarah Swift Building

The new building: named after Dame Sarah Swift, a 19th Century nursing leader who founded the Royal College of nursing, will be home to the University of Lincoln’s Schools of Health & Social Care and Psychology.

The, 5,500 sq m structure will consist of a five storey teaching department, central core access, laboratories and other modern facilities.

Unique Factors:

The original project saw the idea of piling, with concrete filling and large cantilevers. With lim­ited access due to the location of the site near a railway, a new solution was sought.

Design2e were instructed by the contractor with a starting cost for the project totalling £13.896 million, while the project budget was £12.2 Million. Design2e were able to smartly and efficiently get the figure to £11.706 Million, which is £1.3 Million under budget.

This was achieved through the removal of pil­ing, removal of the drop beams created a more economically effective solution. We were able to provide a solution that saw a reduced number of columns, saving in time and cost of construction.

The build site was the location of Roman re­mains, which needed great care when dealing with the load bearing and construction. Design2e’s smart solution meant that the remains were not touched and they also carried no load.