LUC is landscape architect for project replacing two campuses with one.

An outline of the new waterside campus
University of Northampton gets outline planning consent for new campus

The University of Northampton has secured outline planning consent for its new Waterside Campus. The project will consolidate the university’s two existing campuses in Northampton to a new central riverside site.

Located on a brownfield site within the Northampton Enterprise Zone, 20 hectares of derelict land will be brought back into use by a multi-disciplinary project team which includes LUC, mosescameronwilliams architects, Savills, Turner and Townsend, CH2M HILL, KPMG, Mills and Reeve, Cotswold Archaeology and Communications Management.

The brief is for up to 55,000m2 of academic accommodation, 1500 student residences, and 30,000m2 of commercial development together with sports facilities and a central combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

LUC has been appointed as the landscape architect for the project, responsible for the design of a high-quality public realm and landscape as a setting for a contemporary and sustainable learning environment. There will also be a commercial and leisure district open to the community.

The landscape strategy looks to create a new sense of place for the university and commercial core, while also adapting and enhancing the existing landscape character to the north and south perimeters. The site will act as a seamless transition between the urban town centre to the north of the river and the historic parkland landscape to the south.

Two new bridges will provide a physical link to the nearby town centre. A listed engine shed will be brought back into use as a leisure facility, and a disused railway corridor has been earmarked as a potential future green transport route.

The project will look to preserve and enhance the significant ecological character of the riverside corridor by improving bank treatments and introducing green connections into the site through a series of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) features.

The project is now being implemented and is scheduled to complete in 2018.

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