Lincolnshire has been rife with construction, new businesses and expansions in 2016 and the county is looking positive moving into the new year.
Here’s a recap of some of the biggest developments in Lincolnshire in 2016:
A place for shopping
It was announced in November that St Marks shopping precinct is in line for a £150 million revamp, with plans to demolish the western section to make way for new shops, a hotel and flats.
The plans would see around eight businesses pulled down and replaced, including Toys R Us, Toby Carvery, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Homebase, the former Lidl and a two-storey car park. Proposals will be considered by the city’s planning department at a later date.
Plans have also been revealed for a new £100 million Grantham Designer Outlet Village. The development is expected to create around 1,500 new jobs and attract up to 3.5 million visitors each year.
Still in its consultation stage, if plans are given the green light, construction of the 270,000 sq ft village would start in 2018-19, with the first phase anticipated to open by spring 2020.
In Gainsborough, a £2 million plan to revitalise the town’s shopping district has been revealed by West Lindsey District Council.
The project will involve refurbishing the shop fronts to a high standard as well as upgrading the internal space.
New life for The Lawn
After nearly two years of planning and bidding, the keys to Lincoln’s iconic site and buildings at The Lawn were officially handed over to RW Stokes & Sons to create its new £2 million head office in August.
Work officially started in December to convert the former ‘lunatic asylum’ off Union Road to include new café, coffee roastery, restaurant, offices, shops, a barista training centre and a theatre, as well as serving as the new headquarters for the Lincoln-based company.
The first three national retailers have been confirmed for the £70 million Cornhill Quarter regeneration and will be opening in summer 2017: Cosy Club restaurant, Danish home and general store Flying Tiger Copenhagen, formerly Tiger, and men’s formal wear fashion brand Moss Bros. Demolition of the old building extensions started in September.
Offshore wind farms
The government gave the go ahead for a new £224 million offshore wind farm in September, which will allow the connection of the turbines to the national grid, powering to 800,000 UK homes.
The development of Triton Knoll is expected to create 800 jobs for its construction alone, with an additional 220 for its operation.
Businesses were later invited to register for a chance to win a contract on the project.
Despite objections from local residents, a third Lidl was approved for the Lincoln on the site of the former Ocean Chinese Restaurant in North Hykeham in January.
The Lidl at the Carlton Centre is set to move across the road to the former bakery and hand car wash site on Deacon Road as Lincolnshire Co-op, who owns the site, look to redevelop the shopping precinct bringing in new retailers and jobs.
The current Lidl site will be converted into three separate units.
Work has also started on a new Lidl in Gainsborough on Beaumont Street in Gainsborough in place of the former multi-storey car park, which has now been demolished.
Netto also had a fleeting visit to Lincoln, opening in the former Blockbuster on Lindis Retail Park off Tritton Road, only to close nine months later.
Paving the way for business
The new East West Link Road in Lincoln could pave the way for new business opportunities, creating jobs and space for hotels, restaurants and offices.
Something for the weekend
A new off-ice rink opened in Gainsborough in October, the first of its kind in the UK. SK8Z was officially announced in August and includes a skating pad, cafe and car park and provides public skating sessions and lessons.
Plans for a new Skegness family entertainment centre were submitted in August in the former Grand Central complex which will be demolished and replaced to also include escalators and lifts.
These plans were approved in September and will now see the erection of a two-storey entertainment centre, which will include a ten-pin bowling alley, cafes and restaurants.
Work started on the new £5.5 million Axholme North Sports Centre in Crowle in November.
The new site will include A MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) for football, hockey and other sports, tennis and netball courts, a four-lane 25m swimming pool, gym, fitness studio, spectator area and changing rooms.
The first images for Grimsby Town FC’s proposed £55 million community stadium and leisure development have also been released this month.
The proposals being considered include a 14,000 capacity football stadium, a new ice rink facility, additional sports and leisure facilities, retail and food and beverage outlets.
Able UK has secured a £25 million contract with BMW, allowing the German car maker to create a new import base and is expected to create 100 new jobs for the region.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
One the Brayford
Developers Jackson & Jackson continue to thrive as plans for three new restaurants, luxury apartments and office space on Brayford Wharf were unanimously approved in March.
Work started on the development of the site in August with completion anticipated for Easter 2017.