An expressive masonry facade articulates a residential development in Lincoln by Jonathan Hendry Architects


David Grandorge, Anete Lusina

Located in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter, Bailgate Court is a £4m residential development designed by Jonathan Hendry Architects. Originally constructed in 1776 as Lincoln County Hospital, the grade-two listed structure has seen large-scale functional and material transformations over the years. While internally it retained many of its original features, works carried out to convert the building complex into laboratories and lecture rooms for Lincoln University had resulted in the insertion of a mezzanine floor, several suspended ceilings, numerous duct runs and boxing out.

The brief was to sensitively convert Chad Varah House, Warden’s House and Chapel into apartments. This included restoring the external fabric, retaining existing walls and inserting new ones to subdivide the plan.


The existing building was stripped back and renovated utilising key aged features as adornment. A glazed rooftop pavilion has been added for use by the top three apartments. The project provided an opportunity to redevelop the north facade in a language akin to the building’s original Georgian proportions, as well as to improve the street scene viewed from Cathedral Quarter and Castle Wall, says the architect. Alterations to the facade over the years had resulted in a patchwork of styles, resembling more ‘back of house’ than street-facing elevation.


The highly expressive masonry facade is designed to knit together the east and west bookends of the development. Details used on the elevations of Warden’s House, including panels of herringbone brickwork and cast clay bands with triangular and circular motifs, have been reinterpreted, producing a crafted feel, reminiscent of many buildings in the Cathedral Quarter.

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Jonathan Hendry Architects
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Ellis & Moore Consulting Engineers
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Locus Consulting
CBH Constructioncs

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