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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.”

Philip Watson, Atkins’ UK design director, said: “Investment in university estates is critical to the UK economy, acting as a driver for growth across regions. The positive impact of Waterside campus cannot be underestimated – it will be a catalyst for the University, town and county and, as such, should be celebrated as key milestones are reached.”

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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Notes to editors:

  • The University of Northampton is situated in the heart of England and offers various subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The University is globally renowned in subject specialisms such as Wastes Management, Leather Technology and Fashion.
  • The University has received international recognition for its commitment to social innovation and entrepreneurship by being designated a 'Changemaker Campus' by Ashoka U - the global association of the world's leading universities supporting social entrepreneurs - and is the first in the UK to be awarded this honour, and one of only 30 in the world to receive the designation, joining prestigious institutions such as Cornell University, Duke University, the University of Colorado and Tulane University.


Atkins ( is one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies*, employing some 18,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. Our people’s breadth and depth of expertise and drive to ask why has allowed us to plan, design and enable some of the world’s most complex and time critical projects.

*15th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2014) and the third largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe (Svensk Teknik och Design 2013).

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