Lincoln’s Inn works

GRAHAM Construction has been appointed by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn to carry out a major, £20m conservation and extension project on the Grade II* listed Great Hall and Library, situated within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area in High Holborn.

The Great Hall currently houses the Inn’s principal dining hall, member’s common room, associated catering and event facilities, visitor reception and administrative support offices. Works will include the reopening of the main entrance door, an upgrade of the kitchen, drainage and damp proofing and the original configurations and finishes will be reinstated and conserved.

A 1247 sq m, two-storey extension will be constructed below ground under the East Terrace of the Great Hall. A day-lit basement will provide much-needed state-of-theart teaching facilities comprised of a large, multi-purpose lecture theatre and mooting space, ten flexible advocacy training rooms, quiet study and break-out areas, and additional social meeting spaces.

The new four-storey Library extension will be contiguous with the existing building, offering an additional 565 sq m space for books, an archive, a reading room and support spaces. With one floor underground and three above, it will provide step-free access increasing the access to the collection from 30 per cent to 80 per cent. The new education centre will double the size of the existing space and accommodate the growing educational programme.