Northampton car park returns in University campus build milestone

Published: Friday, 31 March 2017

Northampton Borough Council’s Midsummer Meadow car park will reopen this weekend after it was handed back by the University of Northampton.

The car park was closed in July 2015 in order to revise the layout as part of the Bedford Road widening and for use as a site compound for the road works and new road bridge  construction for the University’s new Waterside Campus development. 

Following completion of the road bridge and highways work in the area, the car park will reopen on Saturday, 1 April, after being reinstated and handed back to the council. 

Cllr Tim Hadland, council cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “The campus development is making excellent progress and it’s fantastic to see it reach this latest milestone. 

“I’m sure the return of the car park in this part of town will be well received and we’d like to thank everyone at the University for their hard work on this. 

“The Waterside Campus development is key for both the University’s future and the vitality of our town centre, and is a fantastic addition to our Enterprise Zone’s offer.” 

There will be a total of 175 spaces at the car park, which is 51 spaces fewer than when it closed, due to necessary highway configuration changes. 

The car park has been completely rebuilt, with new space marking and new energy-efficient LED lighting installed. Access will be found at the same spot as before. 

New pay machines will take credit cards and are also set up to take the new £1 coin which has just been put into circulation. 

Terry Neville, chief operating officer at the University of Northampton said: “Work to construct the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus, which will open for the academic year 2018, is progressing well. The new road and footbridge, connecting the campus with Northampton town centre, have now been completed. 

“You can clearly see the building outlines taking shape on campus, the Senate building and some of the halls of residence within the student village, are beginning to be made water tight. 

“The restoration work to the Grade II listed Engine Shed, which will become the home of the University of Northampton Students’ Union, has recently seen the restored window frames being installed and the reconstruction of the refurbished roof trusses.”