University of Northampton Waterside Campus
Civic Trust Awards
Level of Award
Local Authority Area
Information about this scheme
Waterside Campus is not simply a new estate, but a radical re-engineering of an institution and the creation of a new urban ‘place’ within Northampton. The project is ambitious, transforming a 58- hectare brownfield site, derelict for a decade, into a new publicly accessible campus.
Three academic buildings, 1000 residences, commercial and sports facilities and an eco-friendly public realm were built in addition to 2 listed buildings being saved; creating a distinctive, sustainable and inspiring place to live, study and work. New bridges and foot/cycle paths provide key elements of movement infrastructure for the town; public infrastructure has been rationalised and renewed; flood prevention measures enhanced; ecology carefully protected and integrated into the site. The innovative approach to the brief and design have delivered a highly integrated learning and working environment, sector leading efficiency and future flexibility and a place that is a delight to use.
Waterside embodies the University’s mission to “transform lives and inspire change” - a pedagogically-driven campus, flexible to changing needs, with an emphasis on ‘shared’ over ‘owned’ spaces breaking down traditional silos and changing behaviours. This non-owned, non-departmental approach drives true flexibility for the University, ensuring easy adaptation to changing pedagogical drivers in the future, and has delivered a 40% reduction in the estate with corresponding reductions in operational and carbon costs.
The project has been driven by extensive consultation with university and external stakeholders including Local Authorities, Natural England, English Heritage, the Environment Agency, utility companies, land owners and local interest groups in addition to the University community and public. The campus public realm links the urban town centre with the ecologically rich river landscape.
A series of gathering spaces are formed providing a high-quality garden feel to the key spaces and pedestrian movement routes, while large lawns and paved areas provide flexibility of space for events.
University of Northampton
Turner Townsend CM
MCW Architects - Learning Hub - Student Centre - Sports Centre - Energy Centre - Pedestrian Bridge - Vehicular Bridge
Stride Treglown - Student Residential Buildings
Atkins (Design architect) - Creative Hub - Senate Building - Logistics Building
CPMG Architects (Delivery architect) - Creative Hub - Senate Building - Logistics Building
Land Use Consultants (LUC)
CPW (design) Arup (delivery)
CH2M (design) Arup (delivery)
Bowmer & Kirkland (Principal contractor – academic buildings and public realm)
Kier (Student Residential buildings)
Volker Fitzpatrick (Infrastructure)
Vital Energy (Energy Centre)
Clerk of Works: Gage Tupper
Primary Use Class
Class D1c - Education