Public exhibition held on July 3rd

Public exhibition held on July 3rd

A public exhibition was held from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on 3 July at the Court Room, Guildhall, Northampton to share with residents and local businesses more information about the St John’s student residencies building programme, the Considerate Constructor Scheme and how the University will manage the residencies once they are open.

Throughout the exhibition, representatives from the University of Northampton, Kier Construction Ltd, Northampton Borough Council and the Community Safety Team were on hand to answer questions.

More than 25 local people attended the exhibition, where members of the team were able to reassure residents about concerns they had about noise, disruption and safety issues during the building programme. A 4d model of the building programme was very positively received by those who attended and it is available here to view.

Residents who were not able to make the event but have concerns about the building programme should contact us here.

Tuesday 3 July 2012 – further public exhibition arranged

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Public exhibition for St John’s student residences development arranged for Tuesday 3 July 

The University of Northampton is hosting a further public exhibition on Tuesday 3 July to update local residents and businesses on its development of the St John’s car park site.

In April, the University was granted planning permission to build a new Hall of Residence on the site, and on 19 June took ownership of the site having appointed Kier Construction Ltd as the main contractor to construct the residences.

Work on site has now started, with Kier undertaking archaeological and ground investigative work. This work involves controlled excavation in two areas of the car park, and the digging of trial holes over the next week to carry out survey work. Site hoardings are also being erected in preparation for early construction work on site in the week commencing 9 July.

At the public exhibition, which is open from 4.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 3 July at The Guildhall (Court Room), local residents, businesses and other interested parties will be able to talk to representatives from the University of Northampton and Kier. They will also be able to view a 4-D model of the Halls of Residence, and see how the construction is planned to develop ahead of its scheduled opening in December 2013.

The University’s Director of Infrastructure Services, Gill Winder, said. “We are excited to be moving forward with the construction of this vibrant student accommodation, but remain mindful of the concerns which some residents have had about the scheme in the past
and would like to reassure them of our commitment to being a good neighbour over the forthcoming months and years.”

“We appreciate that local people might like more information about the building programme, the Considerate Constructors Scheme being implemented by Kier and how we will manage the residences once they are open, which is why we are hosting this exhibition. We see this development as being vital for the future of both the University and the town as a whole and are fully committed to continuing to work with local residents and businesses to create something the whole community may benefit from.”

Interested parties are also being encouraged to make regular visits to the project website, www.stjohnsnorthampton.co.uk. People can use the website to put any questions to the University project team leading the development.

Media inquiries should be directed to Phil Smith at Communications Management on 01727 733888 or phil@communicationsmanagement.co.uk.

Kier Construction Ltd appointed

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Kier Construction Ltd appointed for University of Northampton St John’s student residences development

Kier Construction Ltd has been appointed as the main contractor to build the University of Northampton’s St John’s student residences development.

Kier beat off fierce competition to win a competitive tender, after the University was granted planning permission in April to build a new Hall of Residence in Northampton town centre on the site of the St John’s surface car park.

The new Hall of Residence, which is due to be completed by December 2013, will comprise 464 bedrooms and be available for a mix of University of Northampton students, including postgraduates and international students.

The University took ownership of the site on 19 June, and work on site has already started with Kier undertaking archaeological and ground investigative work. Site hoardings are also being erected in preparation for early construction work on site in the week commencing
9 July.

The University’s Director of Infrastructure Services, Gill Winder, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kier Construction Ltd to build the St John’s student residences. With an established office in Rushden, Kier is a local company, employing local people, and they understand Northampton and its needs. Our appointment of Kier, which is leading the industry when it comes to the Considerate Constructors Scheme, is just one way we are demonstrating that we are taking our commitment to local people seriously. The Code commits those sites and companies registered with the Scheme to be considerate neighbours, as well as respectful, environmentally conscious, responsible and accountable; they must also consider site appearance and safety.”

Kier’s Marketing Manager for the region, David Coleman, added: “We are really looking forward to working with the University of Northampton on this project, as well as local people and businesses, to give the whole community a development that it can be benefit from and be proud of.”

It is expected that the new development at St John’s will generate an extra £2.9 million spending in the town each year. This is in addition to the £200 million to the University contributes to the regional economy every year.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to Phil Smith at Communications Management on 01727 733888 or phil@communicationsmanagement.co.uk.

University of Northampton granted planning permission for St John’s Hall of Residences

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The University of Northampton is delighted to be able to progress with plans to extend its student accommodation in Northampton town centre, after the planning committee of Northampton Borough Council granted planning permission for a 464-room hall of residence on the site of the St John’s Surface Car Park.

The new hall of residence in the centre of town is seen as vital to secure the University’s future. To remain successful the University must continue to attract students to study in Northampton, and that means offering high-quality accommodation choices both on campus and for those wishing to be part of the wider community in Northampton town centre.

The University is also delighted to be progressing with a project which will make a significant financial contribution to the town. It is expected that the new development at St John’s will generate an extra £3 million spending in the town each year. This is in addition to the £250 million to the University contributes to the regional economy every year.

The new hall of residence will comprise of 464 bedrooms and be available for a mix of students including postgraduates and international students. The building has also been designed to create an interesting, exciting building in this area of Northampton. It will feature varying height levels, use of curves and irregular shapes, and use of feature glazing and contrasting panels to signify key areas like entrances.

Work on the £25 million redevelopment will begin this summer ahead of opening in January 2014.

University of Northampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, welcomed the announcement:

“The University of Northampton is delighted by the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the St John’s Surface Car Park. This is a project which is vital for the future. To remain competitive the University must be able to offer its students the very best accommodation when they choose to study here and this new hall helps to enhance its accommodation offer significantly. This really is excellent news for both the University and the whole of Northampton, which will continue to benefit economically and socially from the University’s success.

“As the University’s plans were developed the team worked hard to engage with local residents and get their views on the proposals. This feedback was invaluable and helped shape the final proposals and improve the overall design of the building. The University is keen to thank all those who took the time to contribute.

“However, it does not stop there, the University is committed to continuing to work in close partnership with other Northampton agencies and the local community to make sure it gets this absolutely right and the team look forward to doing so in the coming months.”

Over 120 visitors to two-day public exhibition

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   A public exhibition was held from 4-8pm on 5 March 2012 and 12 noon-4pm on 6 March 2012 at The Court Room, Guildhall, Northampton to share the University of Northampton’s revised scheme for the St John’s Surface Car Park site with the local community, stakeholders and residents and to provide an opportunity to address any additional concerns they had.

The exhibition was publicised by:

  • placing notices around the site St John’s car park/s and Albion Place immediate areas, and also in the One Stop Shops in Northampton.
  • delivering 500 letters to neighbouring residents to the site (from both the University and also Northampton Borough Council).
  • advertisements in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo and the Herald and Post.
  • sending letters to more than 80 local key stakeholders.
  • advertising it on our dedicated website.

Throughout the exhibition, representatives from the University of Northampton, Savills, Church Lukas Architect and Northampton Borough Council were on hand to answer questions. Having 10 experts/people available gave attendees the opportunity to have one-to-one conversations with members of the team and to have their individual concerns addressed. There was also an opportunity to interactively engage attendees with 3D computer models of the site and all paperwork relating to the application was made available.

On Day 1 – 74 people formally registered on the visitor registration sheet. Of those who did register, this included 35 residents from Bloomsbury House, 4 residents from Albion Place and 4 residents from Victoria Gardens and 2 journalists. Of those 74 people who registered, 29 people completed a feedback form.

On Day 2 – 49 people formally registered on the visitor registration sheet. Of those who did register, this included 6 residents from Albion Place and 3 residents from Bloomsbury House. Of those 49 people who registered, 18 people completed a feedback form.

The University is now developing a further Statement of Community Involvement which will be made publicity available as part of its planning application. The statement will summarise the key issues raised by the local community, stakeholders and residents at the public exhibition on 5-6 March.

Northampton Borough Council has extended the time period for consultation on the planning application as further documents and plans have been submitted and they will continue to receive responses until Monday 12 March 2012.

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