Engine shed could become new gym for University of Northampton

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A 19th-century engine shed on the site of the proposed new University of Northampton campus could be converted into a gym.

The former railway shed, on the southern edge of the Nunn Mills site, near Bedforod Road, is Grade Two Listed so it cannot be demolished and English Heritage must be consulted on any redevelopment of the building.

Planning proposals for the shed revealed the university had considered converting it into either a student union building, student accommodation or an administration centre.

However, the preferred use for the shed is a new gym, which members of the public would be able to use.

Planning documents submitted to Northampton Borough Council stated this would be an “ideal fit” for the building and revealed the development would include a reception, cafe, changing rooms and a fitness centre.

The University of Northampton yesterday submitted an outline planning application for the whole £330 million Waterside campus development.

Professor Nick Petford, vice-chancellor of the university, said: “We have ambitious plans to continue developing our offering to students, staff and our local community through the development of a new campus in the heart of Northampton. We’re pleased our proposals have received strong support from the community.

“We’ve worked hard to create a campus development which will have great facilities for our students, staff and the community of Northampton.”