The University of Northampton has signed off a design and build contract for £52.5m with Kier to build student halls at the new Waterside Campus in the town centre.
Kier will build a mixture of student accommodation for up to 1,200 students, including five-storey flats and four-storey townhouses with landscaped courtyards.
The proposed designs aim to draw upon the industrial heritage of the site including the existing Grade Two listed Engine Shed to the south of the campus.
The student residences will be located immediately next to the new academic buildings and will incorporate a variety of additional facilities including a health centre, multi-faith chaplaincy, convenience store, bank and a small teaching hotel.
It is anticipated that the works will be completed by January 2018, in readiness for use at the start of the academic year commencing September 2018.
The project forms part of the new £330m campus being built at the former Avon/Nunn Mills site, where VolkerHighways is carrying out extensive civils works.
Bowmer & Kirkland is on board with a £90m contract to build five main teaching buildings – a Creative Hub, Learning Hub, Research and Enterprise Hub, Sports Hub and Logistics.
Mace is acting as project manager for the project, with CH2M Hill on board as consulting engineers and Couch Perry & Wilkes Partnership, the M&E consultants.