The University of Northampton commissioned LUC as a core design team member for their £330m new Waterside campus, working with architects Moses Cameron Williams, CPMG and Stride Treglown.

We were involved from the outset of the six-year project, developing an ecologically sensitive landscape masterplan to transform 25 hectares of contaminated riverside, derelict factories and a power station into the University’s new campus.

We designed a bold structure of routes, spaces and places, reinforced by lines and grids of trees, to provide a distinctive character to the whole site.

Comprising new academic and residential buildings, an Energy Centre, restored listed railway buildings and two new major river crossings, the completed scheme both celebrates the site’s scale and the 15,000 students and staff who use it, and acts as a major catalyst for regeneration in the town of Northampton.

As well as public realm and landscape design, LUC provided LVIA, input to masterplanning and enabling works, produced a Green Infrastructure strategy and interfaced with ecological and technical support during construction.

Richard Hannay, LUC’s project director for Waterside said: “I’m proud that we have succeeded in creating a distinctive sense of place out of the most unpromising of sites and challenging of design and construction environments. It’s testament to the right design strategy, good working relationships and loads of stamina that we have exceeded expectations”.

Services employed: Landscape Design, Landscape Planning & Assessment, Ecology

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