Mint Street, Lincoln Lincoln, UK
Located in the historic Lincoln city centre, the High Street development transforms a large retail site into a mixed-use hotel and retail development for Patrizia.
The main new, five-storey building brings together a 150-room, four-star lifestyle hotel above flexible retail space fronting the high street, creating a mixed-use development that respects its historic context and will future-proof an important site currently occupied by House of Fraser.
The hotel will support the city’s tourism and leisure businesses, with a restaurant, bar, meeting and event spaces located around a new public courtyard that provides welcome new green space in this urban location. The hotel’s entrance stands between the main building addressing High Street and a smaller restaurant building to the west of the site, with a glazed frontage to the reception offering views through to the public space from the street.
A bold plan to comprehensively redevelop the site unlocks urban design benefits. The development re-opens and improves the adjacent ginnel—a historic, narrow pedestrian passage—that links the new hotel courtyard with the high street. This sets back the building line along the Mint street frontage, creating wider pavements, improving townscape views and allowing the building to settle into the surrounding townscape.
Featuring 985m2 of retail space facing onto the high street, the development is designed to be as flexible as possible. Easily sub-divided to provide space for multiple tenants and configurations, this adaptability helps ensure that high street retail is maintained and supported in this key city-centre location.
New active retail frontages are also located along Mint Street, enhancing the area’s vitality. A pre-cast, light brick façade roots the development in its context, while offering a contemporary interpretation of the qualities that characterise the surrounding Conservation Area. The top floor of the building is recessed, creating rooftop terraces for rooms whilst reducing the mass of the building in order to respect local building heights.
The Mint Lane restaurant building is smaller in scale, with pitched roofs and high-quality red brickwork echoing the scale and materiality of neighbouring domestic buildings, while respecting the diversity of local building heights.