Bids invited for £90M University of Northampton design and build


An artist's impression of the new campus. Photo courtesy of University of Northampton

The University of Northampton is inviting contractors to bid for a £90M contract to design and build its new Waterside teaching campus and associated public realm facilities.


The project, close to Northampton town centre, will see the chosen firm construct five to six individual buildings comprising mixed use teaching spaces, catering, commercial and sports facilities to achieve BREEAM Excellent status.


Construction is due to start in November 2015 on the three year project.


Public realm works will provide new hard and soft landscaping including raising site levels, sports pitches, car parking, final road/footpath finishes, street furniture, lighting and external security installations.


Work to be carried out under the contract will also include restoration of a listed engine shed and an adjacent office building for the student union.


A separate package of works to provide site wide infrastructure is expected to be completed in August 2016. This will include underground services, bridges, roads to sub base level and demolition of a power station facade.


The University of Northampton expects the new campus project to cost around £330M in total, and when complete it will help to regenerate the town centre, create new jobs as well as bring a huge economic boost to the area.


The scheme was granted planning permission by Northampton Borough Council in December last year.


Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “The move will bring thousands of students right into the heart of town, creating a fantastic opportunity for businesses of all kinds.”


The design and build tender notice is advertised through OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union). Firms have until the 17 October to pre-qualify for the main building work, ahead of five contractors being selected to prepare bids on 3 November.