Waterside campus scheme by firms including Turner & Townsend and CH2M Hill awarded outline planning consent

Northampton university campus

Northampton university campus

The University of Northampton has won outline planning consent for its £330m proposed riverside campus in the town.

The masterplan for the scheme was drawn up by a team including architect Moses Cameron Williams and LUC landscape architects along with project and cost planner Turner & Townsend, environmental and engineering consultant CH2M Hill and KPMG.

The development, planned on the derelict Avon Nunn Mills site, will see the university’s two existing campuses in Northampton consolidated onto a new riverside site, located within the town’s enterprise zone. 

Professor Nick Petford, vice chancellor of the university, said: “We have worked hard to create a campus development in the heart of Northampton which will have great facilities for students, staff and the community of Northampton.”

The current brief is for up to 55,000 sq m of academic accommodation, up to 1,500 student residences, 30,000 sq m of commercial development plus sports facilities and a central CHP plant.

The project will also provide a new pedestrian and cycle bridge, a major new road bridge across the River Nene and extensive public realm, landscape and ecological enhancement as part of the wider infrastructure improvements.

The university plans to open the campus in Autumn 2018.