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Plans unveiled for new University of Northampton campus

Plans for the construction of a new campus for the University of Northampton have been submitted by the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC).

The major redevelopment of the higher education facility is set to cost approximately £330 million and will see the delivery of a state-of-the-art campus for students in the years to come.

Situated at Avon Nunn Mills - the largest site in the Northampton Enterprise Zone - the project aims to get underway in early 2015, with an initial completion deadline so far set for 2018.

Peter Mawson, chief executive of WNDC, said: "The university campus will be an unprecedented development for Northampton, breathing new life into its town centre.

"It is the jewel in the crown of an exciting regeneration programme, with nearby projects ranging from a new railway station to riverfront offices starting construction this year."

The deal is now subject to final planning approval and the allocation of funding arrangements, but if all goes to plan the project will get underway in the next 12 to 18 months.

Avon Nunn Mills is currently a disused brownfield site in Northampton and therefore delivery of this ambitious project will not only help to secure the future of the university, but it will also provide significant benefits to the local community, forming part of wider plans for the regeneration of Northampton as a whole.

Elsewhere, Kier Group recently revealed it has secured the contract for the £64 million refurbishment of Salford University alongside its development partners Graham Investment Projects and Campus Living Villages.

The project will include construction of a new 1,400-room student accommodation complex, fitness suites, games rooms and a new underground car park.

Vice chancellor of the university professor Martin Hall commented: "The brand new accommodation and excellent onsite facilities will enhance campus life by providing a fantastic base for our students." 

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