Great Northern Terrace Industrial


Great Northern Terrace Character Area (view detailed map) is a mixed-use area to the east of the city centre including retail, industrial, residential and recreation uses. Its use for industry and large out of town retail has been influenced by its position on the floodplain in the River Witham valley as this has left the area relatively undeveloped in comparison with other areas in such close proximity to the city centre.

Much of the former rural character of the area has been overwritten by successive phases of industrial development since the early Industrial Period. Served by the river and later railway, formerly marginal open land within the Character Area was the ideal location for industries. Buildings in the current townscape illustrate one of the most significant phases of industrial growth of the city during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The phase of growth changed the townscape of the city as a whole, encouraging residential development and the expansion of Lincoln as a commercial centre. The area remains the industrial heart of Lincoln, with many earlier buildings adapted for use by modern industries as well as offices.

The area is bordered and divided by strong impermeable features such as three railway lines and a river, leading to large urban blocks and poor connectivity. Within urban blocks, development is mainly arranged around cul-de-sacs. Buildings are large in scale with regular, rectangular footprints. Properties are often one very tall storeyin height to accommodate manufacturing and storage functions. The large building footprints, wide roads, and large areas of open space around buildings create a horizontal emphasis overall.

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Buildings on Waterside South, which have a strong building line as they are positioned at the back of the footway, facing onto the river. The building are red bricked and have pained glass windows.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.22559, -0.52683)
Character Area Type: Industrial
Location: Inner suburbs
Predominant Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Secondary Period: Post-railway Expansion (1846 to 1868 AD)
Average Building Type: Mixed
Average Building Density: Medium