The Lawn, Lincoln

Grover Lewis Associates were commissioned to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for The Lawn, a Grade II* Listed Building set in extensive grounds within a Conservation Area close to the castle in the historic city of Lincoln.

Project: Conservation Management Plan
Client: English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund
Planning authority: Newcastle City Council
Date: June 2013

The Lawn was Built in 1819 as Lincoln Lunatic Asylum. It is not only significant as an early example of a hospital built specifically to offer care to non-paying patients with mental illness, but also in that it offered pioneering non-restraining methods for treatment and rehabilitation for people with mental illness. The hospital closed in 1985 and was sold to the City of Lincoln Council in 1986. Since that time the council has carried out conversion and renovation works to create a conference venue, separate shops and more recently one of the buildings has been converted into a boutique hotel. The site features a conservatory, housing exotic and unusual plant species native to Australasia and associated with Sir Joseph Banks travels and collections


The Management Plan established the nature and significance of The Lawn as a heritage asset, identified threats, vulnerabilities and opportunities relating to the conservation of the building and made recommendations for policies to ensure its long term survival without loss or damage to its significance. The resulting plan was subsequently used in the recent marketing of the building.

  • The Lawn
  • The Lawn greenhouse