Following the University of Northampton’s move to its new town-centre Waterside Campus in summer 2018, the Avenue Campus site was released for redevelopment. The development will provide 140 new houses and flats to be built and managed by Northampton Partnership Homes. Throughout the planning process, the scheme had critical input from TEP’s heritage and landscape consultants, who have shaped the design to create a place that will be unique, safe and attractive to live in with habitats retained, incorporated and managed to ensure long term, on-site biodiversity enhancement. Sustainable urban drainage has also been an integral part of the design, and which manifests itself in the form of swales, retention ponds and a wetland meadow.
The campus is located approximately one mile from the town centre and sits opposite the 120 acres of public open space, known as The Racecourse. The site is 5.8 hectares with a mix of buildings, some of which will be retained and converted into flats. The development retains the best landscape and architecture features of the site to create a new space for accessible homes in the town.
After Outline Planning was approved in March 2021, TEP worked on the Reserved Matters Application. Landscape Architects Anna Miroslaw, Yixing Luo, Landscape Manager Sam Marshall and Heritage Consultant Amir Bassir provided specialist design advice, preparing the landscape design drawings, landscape management plan and a listed building recording report.
TEP collaborated with MCW Architects, BKAL and Greengage, as well as our own in-house ecologists and arboriculturists, to retain the existing habitats, creating attenuation ponds with wildflower meadows, residential streets and play spaces.
The Reserved Matters Application was submitted in November 2021, and granted planning permission in October 2022 with unanimous approval.