The University of Northampton was established in 2005, formerly Nene College, and currently operates from two campus to the north of the town centre—Avenue and Park. It has six academic schools—Arts, Health, Social Sciences, Business, Education and Science and Technology.
The university has recognised that the existing estate does not provide facilities that will ensure the University retains a competitive position in the sector in the future. The University appointed a design team in 2011 to assess the feasibility of relocating to a new campus at Waterside close to the city centre as part of the wider Enterprise Zone within Northampton.
Located on the River Nene the site provides the opportunity to consolidate all schools and departments on a single campus bringing operational efficiencies in addition to the potential to exploit cross faculty synergies in an exciting innovative educational environment. The location also allows a substantial part of the University’s residential accommodation to be located immediately adjacent to the new academic accommodation and to support additional commercial development as part of a holistic approach to urban regeneration of the site. The location has a number of technical challenges including flood risk, traffic and service infrastructure.
An initial feasibility and masterplan was presented by MCW architects in May 2012 and a more detailed development framework for all three campuses to provide a comprehensive estate strategy has been subsequently prepared.
Outline planning has been granted for Park Campus and work is ongoing for an outline planning application for Avenue Campus.
Our work on the new Waterside campus 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 a new pedestrian and road bridge.
Waterside will regenerate a 58 acre brownfield site along the River Nene in the local Enterprise Zone and is due to open in 2018.