Lincolnshire Co-op’s visionary Cornhill Quarter regeneration programme has reached a major milestone with the completion of Phase 3 this week, following the opening of highly anticipated new dining and entertainment venues coming to Lincoln for the first time – the Everyman Cinema and The Botanist.
This news follows the opening of fashion brands Phase Eight, Hobbs and Whistles earlier in the month and the unveiling of the new public space at Exchange Square, a culmination of a long-term programme of regeneration in the heart of Lincoln City centre.
The Botanist cocktail bar and restaurant has opened its 8,000 sq ft bar and restaurant venue, split over ground and first floors and spilling out onto Exchange Square with outdoor seating. The four-screen Everyman Cinema animates the historic setting with a dramatic two-storey glazed façade, with a roof terrace bar offering stunning views of Lincoln Cathedral in the distance and Exchange Square below.
Crispin Lilly, CEO of Everyman Cinemas said: “We feel so privileged to be able to announce the opening of our very special new venue in Lincoln. It has been a busy time of course reopening our existing venues post lockdown, but to be opening here for the first time is incredibly exciting.
“There will be a broad programme of films and live arts events to look forward to from the comfort of our sofa seating, including Christopher Nolan’s latest Tenet which opens on Wednesday 26th August. But our focus is also on the whole experience around the film you choose too.
“From the care we’ve taken over designing our bar and lounge space, the great food and drink menu or our fabulous hospitality, we think we’ve achieved something very special in Lincoln and we’re really looking forward to welcoming guests through the doors.”
Ursula Lidbetter, Lincolnshire Co-op’s Chief Executive, commented: “This is a game changer for Lincoln. The Botanist and Everyman Cinema are high-calibre national brands that will boost confidence in Lincoln and all that the City has to offer. We have curated a blend of retail and leisure brands at The Cornhill Quarter to give Lincoln an added edge and appeal which will attract visitors from far afield, with all the positive economic impact that brings for other businesses in the area.
“We are proud to see our long-term vision for The Cornhill Quarter come to fruition, and how this new phase complements perfectly the historic conversion of the Corn Exchange and the sensitive refurbishment of Sincil Street, all centred around the welcoming, open public space of Exchange Square to complete the transformation.
“Our sensitive and accessible design approach worked with the unique architectural heritage of the City and the Victorian streetscape, while a welcoming and open new public square has been particularly important for visitors in these socially-distanced times.”
Lincolnshire Co-op remains committed to further investment to add complementary uses in this location over the coming years as part of its long-term vision for this gateway site connecting key transport hubs with the historic City. Now in the fifth year of a phased programme for the £70million regeneration project, which has already delivered the restoration of the Grade II listed Corn Exchange into a stunning mixed-use space, housing retail units and a new Cosy Club restaurant and lounge, and introduced a new 1,000 space car park and bus station as part of Phase 1. A reconfiguration of units along the Victorian Sincil Street parade and sensitive refresh of the historic façade has brought the space back to life and into modern use for a wide range of businesses, from cafes and beauty to pharmacy services and an art gallery.
Cornhill Quarter is also home to a range of national and independent brands, with a mix of fashion, lifestyle, dining and homewares brands including HMV, Cosy Club, Moss Bros., Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Lakeland, 200 degrees, Co-op, Specsavers, Neon Sheep, Doughnotts’, Seasalt and énergie Fitness.