First look inside new University of Northampton student flats in town centre

A new block of student flats in the centre of Northampton is nearing completion and is expected to open in January next year.

The Chronicle & Echo was given a tour of the St John’s Hall of Residence which will provide 462 new student flats for the University of Northampton.

St Johns halls of residence, University of Northampton

St Johns halls of residence, University of Northampton

The new block of student flats was the first construction project to be given planning permission as part of the Northampton Alive project and comes ahead of the move of the university to the Waterside Campus.

Paul Nelson, site manager, said the building work was on target and the first students are expected to move in to the flats in February. Although the site is not expected to be completely full until September 2014.

Mr Nelson said: “The structure is complete so we are now working on the facade and the roof. The building is now watertight and we are finishing off the rooms.

“The building itself is not just a regular square box shaped building on a flat site but is on a slope and has been constructed using five different brick styles.”

The rooms in the new student flats all have an en-suite with a shower and a wash basin as well as room for a cupboard, bed, and a desk.

The flats are grouped together in six or eights and each have a communal kitchen and lounge area

The development of the flats, on the former St John’s open air car park, is predicted to bring almost £3 million into the town centre every year through the spending power of the students who will live there.

Key facts of the site:

-4,258m³ of concrete at approximately 9,370 tonnes has been used to construct the flats.

· Approximately 148,000 bricks used on site

· 50km of data cable – roughly stretching from Northampton to Coventry

· 10,483m² of soft flooring equivalent to approximately 1½ football pitches

· 116,128.00 meters of general installation cables, this equates to around 72 miles or from St Johns to London.