14 June 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Lincoln

Offices to rent in Lincoln

With its cobbled streets, Norman castle and Medieval cathedral, Lincoln is an East Midlands cultural jewel. Lincolnshire county has a population of over 700,000, and many of these residents filter into the city for work and play. Lincoln is a charming place to base a business, but it is also well-connected thanks to its proximity to other Midlands cities and towns and those across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Businesses in Lincoln benefit from a plentiful talent pool. The cathedral city is home to the University of Lincoln, which attracts over 16,000 students every year. It also draws high levels of footfall from residents nearby and visitors, who arrive in numbers totalling over 4 million a year. Visitor figures are growing at a rate of 6.6% year on year, making it an increasingly popular city and a lucrative place for public-facing businesses.

Lincoln Castle holds original copies of the Magna Carta and the Charter of Forest, which date back to the 13th century. The cathedral also has two impressive libraries, one of which was created by famous architect Christopher Wren and has been described as "the most beautiful room in England". Lincoln regularly hosts events that draw crowds from around the UK and beyond, from a cycling hill race to a county show. As well as attracting visitors, the numerous events create a sense of community and enable businesses to get involved and network with other local firms.

Keen to know what day-to-day life is like for businesses based in Lincoln? Read this guide for a snapshot of the key details.

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Notable business areas in Lincoln

Lincoln City Centre is a key business hub for the county, employing over 10,000 people. More than 200 office-based companies are in the city and are key employers of local residents. To ensure the centre of Lincoln remains a practical and cost-effective place for businesses, a scheme was set up called the Access Opportunities Fund. The Fund has purchased car parking and bus passes, which it passes on at discounted rates to local businesses and employees, and over 300 people are using season tickets at the lower rate. If you are keen to be in the heart of the action, the centre could be both a lucrative and convenient place for your business.

The streets surrounding the cathedral are tourist hotspots and will give you and your team inspiring views across the main sights. If you like the idea of overlooking a waterfront, focus your search around the River Witham and Brayford Pool.

For businesses looking to move away from the centre, the areas near Hykeham Rail Station to the south-west could be suitable. With easy links to the centre and proximity to the A46, it is a practical option for commuters and is home to many modern office facilities.

It's easy to get around Lincoln

There are five train stations in Lincoln

You can catch the train from five locations in the Lincoln city region: Collingham, Saxilby, Hykeham, Newark North Gate and Lincoln City Centre. As well as serving local residents looking to get across the area, they also make it easy to travel to the likes of Sheffield, Doncaster, Peterborough and Nottingham. Most of the stations are operated served by East Midlands Railway.

Lincoln has a central bus station

Lincoln Bus Station is closely linked to the rail station and provides a convenient interchange for coach services. It is serviced by Stagecoach, which has a convenient app and the buses come with contactless payment, free WiFi and USB charging points. These advancements are making it easier to travel by bus than ever before, especially for business users who need connectivity to work on their commute.

A shuttle makes it easy to get across Lincoln

The Walk & Ride is a simple way to travel in the city centre. It lets you skip the walk up Steep Hill, which is difficult to manage on two feet for lots of people. By dropping you outside the cathedral, it allows you to cover the rest of the journey by foot – which shouldn't be far if you're visiting people and businesses in the centre.

A number of local bus services operate in Lincoln

There are a handful of services for journeys further afield than the city centre. A helpful website called Lincs Bus provides all the information you need on the different services so that you can find the most convenient route and stay up to date with timetable changes.

Lincoln is connected to other locations via A-roads

No major motorways run through or close to Lincoln. Instead, several A-roads will connect you to the key roadways. For example, the A57 from the north of the city and the A46 from the south of the city will take you to the A1, which later becomes the A1(M). Continue south along the A46, and you'll reach the outskirts of Nottingham, but head north-west, and you'll reach Grimsby. It is quicker to use train services for some locations, including Nottingham.

Humberside International Airport is closest to Lincoln

It takes just 45 minutes by car to reach Humberside International Airport, which can take you to destinations including Aberdeen and Amsterdam. Alternatively, you can make the one-hour car journey to Robin Hood Airport and reach destinations across Eastern and Southern Europe. If you need more flight options, East Midlands and Birmingham airports are both within a two-hour car trip.

Offices to let in Lincoln

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There are plenty of business-focused amenities in Lincoln 

Lincoln has many hotels for business travellers 

As a cultural destination, Lincoln has many hotels that will provide a restful night's stay for any visitors. For a city-centre location, the White Hart Hotel, The Lincoln Hotel, The Castle Hotel and The Tower Hotel are all excellent options right by the cathedral with stylish rooms and good restaurants on site. Alternatively, there is a Holiday Inn and DoubleTree by Hilton, which are close to the station and offer an affordable and comfortable stay with all the modern conveniences you need.

There are lots of celebrated restaurants in Lincoln

When it's time to treat a client, The Green Room at the Lincoln Hotel, The Dining Room at Washingborough Hall Hotel and The Lincoln Grille at the White Hart Hotel all serve refined dishes crafted from local produce. Each one is a fantastic option with a smart setting and a great menu.

For a more casual affair, perhaps for a team outing, Kine, Castle View Indian and Bar Unico offer affordable and delicious dishes in a relaxed setting. And when you're ready for a drink, The Electric on the Brayford Waterfront serves up crafted cocktails on a rooftop terrace. Of course, lunch and coffee break options are aplenty too, with Rising Cafe, The Cheese Society and Stokes High Bridge Café all well-loved by locals.

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Lincoln venues allow you to host your meetings and conferences

If you need to get the team out of the office for a workshop or host a board meeting, there are many suitable options in the city. The DoubleTree by Hilton has a range of convenient and modern spaces, ideal for meetings, awards ceremonies and workshops. You can also find seminar suites, lecture halls and meeting rooms at the University of Lincoln's Executive Development Centre. Both of these facilities are located on the Brayford Pool waterfront.

For a more creative and inspiring setting, you could book the International Bomber Command Centre, which has exceptional facilities and food options. Similarly, you can hire space in the Cathedral Centre for a historic venue with WiFi in every room.

Lincoln has lots of useful facilities to keep employees happy

For the fitness fanatics, Lincoln has plenty of options. In the centre, you'll find a PureGym, énergie Fitness, and Boxerciselincoln. Just north of the centre is the Yarborough Leisure Centre, which provides everything from trampolining and Pilates classes to a swimming pool.

Your team can also get their shopping fix close to any central office. Lots of high street brands are dotted around the cobbled streets of the compact city centre, while the Waterside Shopping Centre has many big brands all in one space. You'll find this shopping centre overlooking the River Witham, which runs through the city.  

Notable office tenants in Lincoln

  • Lindum Group
  • Bourne Publishing Group
  • Inzpire
  • Interflora
  • Siemens

Key agents in Lincoln

  • Banks Long & Co
  • Pygott & Crone
  • Greetwell Managed Workspace
  • Flexspace
  • Garness Jones Chartered Surveyors
  • Gerald Eve

Interesting facts about Lincoln

The Romans first saw the benefits of being based in Lincoln. They recognised its strategic location and built a fortress called Lindum Colonia, which has since become the castle the city is known for today.

William the Conqueror is said to have built Lincoln Castle on the site of the Roman fort. It was originally made of wood and was built to help control local people. Today, the castle is home to one of four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.

Lincoln is thought to be home to the UK's oldest working canal. The Fosse Dyke Canal was built by the Romans to improve trading links from the city. It runs from Brayford Pool and joins the River Trent.

For two centuries, Lincoln Cathedral was the world's tallest building, believed to stand at 160 metres – that's taller than the Great Pyramid of Egypt. It lost the title when the spire collapsed during a storm in the 16th century. Lincoln was also once the third-largest city in England, after York and London, thanks to the booming wool trade in the 13th century.

Lincoln has one of the last two remaining Wren libraries, alongside the University of Cambridge's Trinity College.