Ceremony marks start of building work on University of Northampton’s new £330 million campus

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145326009

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145326009

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A ceremony has taken place to mark the start of building work on the University of Northampton’s new £330 campus in the town centre.

The new waterside campus, off Bedford Road, is scheduled to open in September 2018 and the majority of the building work will take place in the next two years.

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145215009

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145215009

Speaking on the site of the new campus today, Professor Nick Petford, vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton, said the first stage of the building work would be the creation of two bridges to the site.

He said: “This is an exciting moment for the university and the town as this is one of the biggest projects of its kind in the UK at the moment.

“This is probably one of the most exciting projects the town has ever seen. In three years time, this site will be home to 15,000 students and over 2,000 staff.”

Mr Petford said he would be keeping a close eye on the building work to make sure there wasn’t any delays or overspending.

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145203009

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145203009

He said: “It is a challenging to run the new campus build at the same time as the other two campuses (Park and Avenue) but it is much better than trying to build on an existing site.

“With any building project there is a potential for delays but we can’t allow that to happen. We will be ruthless with any extra costs or delays.

“We aim to get the bulk of the building work done by the end of 2017.”

Derbyshire-based Bowmer & Kirkland, is the main contractor for the building work, which includes the construction of five main teaching buildings – a Creative Hub, Learning Hub, Research and Enterprise Hub, Sports Hub and Logistics, and also involves the refurbishment of a grade two listed engine shed for a Students’ Union building and offices.

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145251009

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145251009

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145240009

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145240009

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145336009

Midsummer Meadow car park, Bedford Road, Northampton. Work begins on site of new Uni of Northampton campus. NNL-151022-145336009