Contractor to build £330m University of Northampton Waterside Campus has been announced

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The University of Northampton has announced the main contractor to build its new £330 million Waterside Campus

Bowmer & Kirkland, a Derbyshire-based contractor, will start on site later this year.

The project will include 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.

The new campus – based in the Waterside Enterprise Zone - will be a low carbon environment and it will offer flexible learning and teaching spaces for the use of innovative technologies, alongside a mix of leisure and retail activities to be used by students and the wider community.

Over the past five years Bowmer & Kirkland has completed more than £550 million worth of projects in the education sector.

University of Northampton vice-chancellor, Nick Petford, said: “We are delighted that Bowmer & Kirkland will be working with us to build our new campus in the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone. We are committed to providing an excellent student experience, and our new £330m development offers opportunities for students to study in the heart of Northampton, building on the outstanding facilities we offer and our close links with the community and employers in the region.”

The firm’s regional director, Stephen Chambers, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the University of Northampton has put its trust in Bowmer & Kirkland to complete this exciting project which is a huge investment for the university and puts them at the heart of the community.

“It will help to increase the economic prosperity of the area and the stunning new facilities can only help to enhance the already excellent reputation of the university both here and abroad.

“We are really looking forward to working with the university and its partners to bring this project to life.”

The project is due to be completed in late Spring 2018.