MCW's first bridge lifted in place at University of
Northampton's new Waterside Campus

Northampton | 9th August 2016

The University of Northampton’s new £330m Waterside campus development has reached a milestone as the new road bridge (designed by MCW, Smith and Wallwork Engineers and CH2M) was lifted in place. The bridge spans 55m across the River Nene and will provide the primary vehicular access to the campus. The development also includes a new pedestrian bridge (also designed by MCW) linking the campus to Becket’s Park which is due to be installed in September this year.

The campus masterplan was designed by MCW architects and our work also includes the design and delivery of the 20,000sqm Learning Hub, the Sports Pavilion, a new low carbon Energy Centre and the refurbishment of the former Engine Shed into the Student Union, in addition to the new pedestrian and road bridges. Waterside will regenerate a 58 acre brownfield site along the River Nene in the local Enterprise Zone and is due to open in 2018.

Volker Fitzpatrick are currently on site installing all infrastructure works including the bridges. Bowmer & Kirkland have been appointed as main contractor for the academic and public realm works and commenced on site earlier this year. Kier and Vital Energy have been appointed for the delivery of the student residences and the Energy Centre.

Current works on site include:
•        Development of the existing A428 Bedford Road;
•        Installation of the new highway bridge;
•        Precast concrete piling for the Creative and Learning Hubs.

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