Collaboration was key in delivering £330 million Waterside campus
A 58-acre former brownfield site in Northampton has been transformed into one of the biggest purpose-built university campuses of its kind.
Four years after starting on site, the design teams behind the £330 million Waterside Campus completed the project in July 2018.
Our team delivered three of the buildings - the Creative Hub, Senate Building and Logistics Hub - which form half of the university’s new academic buildings. This multi-million-pound scheme is a complex development delivered with true collaboration between consultant partners and contracting teams. We’re proud to be part of the team to deliver this ambitious project and these three important buildings.
The four-storey Senate Building acts as the corporate and research centre hosting guest lectures, exhibitions and events within its teaching spaces, large lecture hall and impressive atria. The dramatic roof creates a bold entrance to the campus and shapes its impact on the wider environment.
The Creative Hub will be home to the university’s art and design faculties. With art studios, specialist teaching spaces, media spaces and laboratories; the building’s stripped back and open-plan structure allows visitors unrestricted views of the River Nene.
The Logistics Hub has also been completed, housing the university’s infrastructure team which is vital in supporting the campus activity as facilities continue to develop onsite.
- Chris White, CPMG Director
“We have a wealth of experience in the higher education sector, so we understood the challenges and requirements of delivering a modern estate that is fit for the future."
Now the project is complete we're confident it will be a catalyst to support Northampton’s wider regeneration programme and will be one of the UK’s most vibrant student communities.
Working with Bowmer & Kirkland on the new campus which will provide world-class teaching and learning facilities for 15,000 students.The new campus also features a Learning Hub, Sports Hub, students’ union, cafes, a restaurant, retail space and student residences.
Since our involvement on the project, the whole approach to delivering the campus has been one of collaboration between the architectural practices involved and the wider consultant team, both on the contractor and client sides of the development.
The university previously occupied two campuses located outside of the city; Waterside aims to become a new destination for the university’s students – amalgamating the existing two sites to create one central location.