Lincoln’s iconic Corn Exchange – which has been stunningly revamped at a cost of £3 million – impressed judges in a top flight regional competition.

The project was “highly-commended” in the prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) East Midlands’ Awards.

Chartered surveyor Banks Long & Co entered the building, which forms the focal point of the £70m phased regeneration of the Cornhill Quarter, into the competition highlighting its work with client (and Corn Exchange owner) Lincolnshire Co-op, and construction firm Lindum, to breathe new life into the Grade Two-listed property.

The successful outcome followed close consultation with Historic England and The City of Lincoln Council and the careful choice of specialist materials and Conservation processes.  

Banks Long & Co Managing Director Tim Bradford -  who was joined at the glittering awards at The Notts Belfry, by colleague Director Simon Bridge, Board Members and representatives from Lindum – said they were delighted it was a category finalist. 

“It was very exciting and a proud moment when Lincoln Corn Exchange was highly commended in front of such an important and influential gathering of business professionals,” said Mr Bradford.

Praise from the RICS’ judges, followed Banks Long & Co celebrating the Corn Exchange winning the Heritage Category prize in the Greater Lincolnshire Construction & Property Awards in February (2018).

And last month, the busy agency was named Lincolnshire’s Most Active Agent by the respected industry publication, the Estates Gazette.

“We are delighted with the way in which the Lincoln Corn Exchange has won not only local and regional acclaim, but also captured the imagination of national companies,” said Mr Bradford.

“Occupiers already include Moss Bros, Flying Tiger Copenhagen and Thomas Cook, along with restaurant The Cosy Club – which has taken over the impressive upper floor of the building".

“Phase two of the Cornhill Quarter project is now underway with the next phase due to start shortly. This involves the creation of further retail and restaurant space and major investment by another new name for the city – Everyman Cinema,” added Mr Bradford.