Designs for £330m University of Northampton campus receive planning approval

Northampton | 24th February 2015

The University of Northampton’s exciting plans to build a state-of-the-art new Campus in the heart of Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone have progressed further, with unanimous approval at a meeting of the Northampton Borough Council’s Planning Authority.

In December 2013, the University of Northampton received outline planning permission for a masterplan drawn up by mosescameronwilliams architects to redevelop the brown field site at Avon Nunn Mills in to a state-of-the-art, £330million new Campus, in the heart of Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone.

The University have now received detailed planning permission for the designs proposed for the 20,000sqm Learning Hub and 2,500sqm Sports Hub designed by mosescameronwilliams architects; as well as the 8,000 sqm Creative Hub and the 5,000 sqm Research and Enterprise building designed by Atkins. The approval also included a new pedestrian-cycle bridge designed by mosescameronwilliams in conjunction with CH2H and the public realm and landscape for the campus designed by LUC.

Murdoch Cameron, director at mosescameronwilliams architects, said:
“We welcome the unanimous approval for our designs to take the Waterside Campus to the next stage of development. Driven by an aspirational client and working with a truly collaborative project team, the transformational nature of the project is reflected in the individual buildings.”

Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford, said:
“I’m delighted that Northampton Borough Council’s Planning Committee has approved the detailed designs for our academic buildings at the new Waterside Campus. These outstanding facilities will attract students from Northampton and around the world to study, work and live within the Town.

“Later this year, construction work on site will get underway, with infrastructure and building works commencing and completion of the campus ready for students joining the University from September 2018.”


Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said:
“The university’s relocation is a key part of our strategy for the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, and one of the major projects in the Northampton Alive regeneration programme.

“In a few short years we’ve already seen massive progress across the town, and work on the new campus development starting later this year is a clear demonstration that there’s plenty more to come.”

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