Client: University of Northampton

Location: Waterside Campus, Northampton

Project Description:

The area being used to create the Waterside Campus was formally the home of a large coal fired power station located near the centre of Northampton, flanked by the River Nene. The project has therefore included demolition of the power station, moving considerable high voltage infrastructure, building two new bridges over the river, providing five new academic buildings, restoring a listed building, building a student village, a hotel and an energy centre complete with mechanical and electrical infrastructure to serve the campus.

Volker Fitzpatrick were appointed to carry out remediation work on the site. The full contract also included road widening and construction elements, construction of a new road bridge across the River Nene, a new pedestrian bridge across the River Nene and demolishing an existing power station façade.

Bowmer & Kirkland constructed the Academic buildings, the project included the construction of five main teaching buildings – a Creative Hub, Learning Hub, Research and Enterprise Hub, Sports Hub and Logistics Hub, and also involved the refurbishment of a Grade II listed engine shed for a Students Union building and offices.

Kier were appointed to construct the residential zone, which contained 1,050 undergraduate, postgraduate and international bedrooms. The development incorporated a mixture of student accommodation including five-storey flats and four-storey townhouses with landscaped courtyards, a 32-bed hotel, commercial space, other community facilities and associated public realm to the surrounding areas.

The Energy Centre constructed by Vital provides low carbon heat to all Academic, Residential and future Commercial buildings via a district heating network. The building has two primary levels housing a woodchip biomass boiler, gas boilers, thermal storage vessels together with associated ancillary plant equipment. The energy centre has been future proofed to allow the installation of combined heat and power plant.