Northampton starts work on Waterside

The University of Northampton’™s ambitious plans to build a new campus in the heart of Northampton are now well underway

Situated in the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, the campus development will cultivate the natural linkage between universities and business – a key part of the university’s aim.

With occupation scheduled for the start of the academic year 2018, the new purpose-built Waterside campus will bring academic teaching from the University’s two current sites together into a single central, open and accessible learning environment within the heart of Northampton Town.

The £330m development is being designed jointly by a team of architects from mosescameronwilliams and Atkins. The Academic Buildings designs will feature over 37,000sqm of academic accommodation, including a 8,000sqm Creative Hub, a 5,000sqm Research and Enterprise building, a 20,000sqm Learning Hub and 2,500sqm Sports Hub.

An opportunity to integrate the University further into the local community, the campus will also feature sports, shops, restaurants, cafés and a hotel, alongside landscaped gardens in a riverside location.

The new campus has been designed with the student and staff experience clearly in mind, with 24 hours a day access to learning facilities, innovative technology, flexible learning spaces, and modern teaching and research facilities.

The Academic and leisure buildings will be complemented by 1,200 new student Halls of Residences, designed by newly appointed architect, Stride Treglown; which will develop on the specifications and facilities at the recently opened £25million, St John’s Halls of Residence, situated in close proximity to the site of the new campus.

Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: ‘The scale and extent of our relocation 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.’

Regenerating a brown field site in the town, the campus will be supported by the development of travel links with the area, including expansion of the university’s bus company; UNO Buses, already the second largest carrier in the Northampton area and operated as a social enterprise. UNO Buses will not only will bolster the public transport network of the town, but continue to invest profits into the student opportunities on offer at the university.

Situated in Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone, the new campus will significantly support the economic future of the town. It is estimated that the development will provide a financial boost of £825m, of which £270m will be retained locally benefiting the local economy.

The University of Northampton has already supported economic growth within the area, with the St John’s Halls of Residence opening earlier this year, and the new University of Northampton Innovation Centre due to open in February 2015. Both of these projects have created new jobs within the town.

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