What will happen to empty Northampton campuses after Waterside launches?

Nearly every building the University of Northampton's former campuses could be knocked down for housing and accommodation.

Friday, 7th September 2018, 5:23 pm
Updated Monday, 10th September 2018, 4:38 pm
The Univesity of Northampton's Avenue Campus, on St George's Avenue, could be cleared to build up to 200 more student flats.

The university will open its new £330million Waterside Campus in Far Cotton this month after nearly two years of construction.

Nearly all of the university's 2,000 staff and 14,000 students will be gathered on the 58-acre site by October - which has left Avenue and Park campus both open for development.

Planning papers for both campuses now show that the university hopes to clear both campuses of everything except two accommodation blocks and a listed building to make way for up to new 1,000 houses and flats between them.

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The Chronicle & Echo has summarised the proposals for both sites below:

Avenue Campus, in St George's Avenue

Nearly all university buildings on Avenue Campus will be demolished to make way for up to 200 new student flats and houses.

A total of 16,770 square feet of floor space across six hectares will need to be knocked down. This will eventually include the student accommodation blocks at Bassett Lowke Hall, but it will not be demolished in the first round of works.

Park Campus could eventually be developed into 800 houses with parking.

A new entrance onto the grounds will be developed in nearby Freehold Street, while the entrances from St George's Avenue could be renovated. A new cycleway and footpath from Freehold Street through to Trinity Avenue will also be developed.

Meanwhile, the central Maidwell building is Grade II listed, as parts of it date back to the 1930s. It will be spared demolition and will likely later be sold for non-residential use or redeveloped to create a more "impressive" entryway from St George's Avenue.

Meanwhile, the Newton Building will remain untouched and will be used as university office space.

However, letters of objection from residents have been lodged in the planning stage as the west side of the development could affect a Kingsley conservation area.


Park Campus, in Boughton Green Road

The empty university buildings on Park Campus are also set for demolition, but the student accommodation there will remain. The rest of the land will reportedly be handed over to a housing developer and will eventually be the home up to 800 new houses.

The first stage of this development would build 147 houses with an average of two parking spaces for each home. But a timetable for when work will start has not been released yet.