All change on campus
Following a design competition supported by RIBA, the winning proposal will be developed into a visionary masterplan that caters for the changing needs of the campus over the next 15 to 20 years. The aim is not only to provide improved accommodation to students but also to reflect the forward-thinking, cross-disciplinary approach of the Arts and Applied Sciences schools, both of which are based on the campus. By making provisions for the long-term growth and enhanced excellence of the academic schools, the masterplan will help realise the vision of a leading creative technologies campus.
The scheme proposes a set of new buildings based around landscaped courtyards, as well as the conversion of the Maidwell Building into a forum that will become the heart of the campus. Environmental sustainability will be a key concern when building facilities designed to answer the needs of students, staff and the wider creative business community in Northampton.
The next stage of the project will involve development of initial ideas and thorough consultation with local stakeholders – from students and staff to residents and planning officers. It is hoped that the masterplan will be finalised in 2010.
Gill Winder, director of estates at the University of Northampton, commented: “We look forward to the exciting challenge of developing design ideas and concepts into a visionary masterplan that meets our future ambitions as a University.”