First look at new University of Northampton campus buildings and bridge

All four 'hubs' depicted from the air looking north west
All four 'hubs' depicted from the air looking north west

Images of the how the university campus near Nunn Mills could look have been revealed.

The artist’s impressions show a foot bridge over the Nene between the future campus and Becket’s Park as well as four new buildings.

A building called the Learning Hub will be the main focus of the campus and will be six stories high, using combined heat and power generation and solar cells.

A five-storey Creative Hub would be used in various academic ways and also contain a cafe that the designers hope will attract people from the wider area. The design features ‘a number of curved elevations.. to represent the erosion of materials by water. Visible from Bedford Road, the five-storey Research and Enterprise Hub will feature a line of columns to mark the the entrance.

Sports facilities will also include two multi-use games areas and a floodlit sports pitch as well as building containing a fitness centre and exercise/dance studio.

Steven Boyes, director of planning at Northampton Borough Council, said in his recommendations to the Guildhall planning committee: “It is acknowledged that the approach by the developer has been to give each of the buildings a distinct identity rather than seek a homogeneous design solution for the entirety of the development.

“This variety of uses will naturally result in buildings of varying form, rendering differing design approaches acceptable.

“This approach can be further justified by the presence of existing buildings within the site and its environs, which are of varied and distinct architecture.

“This includes the modern Avon buildings and the Grade II listed engine shed, which dates from the 1870s.”