New £330m campus floor plans underway

Architects mosescameronwilliams and Atkins join creative forces to design the University of Northampton’s new £330m campus

Architects mosescameronwilliams and Atkins have been jointly appointed as architects for The University of Northampton’s new £330m Waterside Campus.

The practices will collaborate to develop the masterplan for around 37,000sqm of academic accommodation, which forms part of the University’s new campus in Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone.

The scheme will see the development of a single campus offering improved facilities for students, staff and the wider community and will significantly boost the local economy.

Atkins is developing concept designs for the campus’s 8000 sqm Creative Hub and a 5000sqm Research and Enterprise building.

Having already delivered the outline planning application and masterplan, mosescameronwilliams have been retained to progress concept designs for a 20,000sqm Learning Hub and 2,500sqm Sports Hub. They will continue to oversee all design work as masterplan architects.

Philip Watson, Atkins’ UK design director, says: “Waterside Campus is a landmark development for the University of Northampton and an important addition to Atkins’ higher education portfolio.

“We’re very excited about helping the university and town prosper by creating a new campus that will become an inspirational learning, working and living environment.

“This win also reflects the success of a recruitment drive which has strengthened our education studio and prepared us for further growth in a key sector.”

mosescamersonwilliams director Murdoch Cameron said: “Having successfully completed the masterplan for the new campus, we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with the University and local stakeholders to deliver a key component of the learning, teaching and social fabric of the new campus.

“Driven by an aspirational brief, our collaboration with Atkins and the wider design team is already delivering exciting concept designs that will ensure Waterside Campus is a transformational project for both the town and University.”

Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: ‘The scale and extent of our transformation will place the University on a far more prominent stage in a local and regional context and also nationally and internationally. Few other institutions have been able to jettison their existing estate and create a totally new home – designed and planned around their specific needs and aspirations.’

Construction work is expected to start on site early 2015, with the project being completed by 2018.

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