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Alison Brooks bags largest project to date with Northampton win

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Striling-Prize winner Alison Brooks Architects has scooped the RIBA contest to oversee the 15- to 20-year redevelopment of The University of Northampton’s Avenue Campus

The practice beat the like of Ash Sakula Architects, Metropolitan Workshop, Steffian Bradley Architects and Peter Haddon and Partners to land the masterplanning project, which will guide the development of the 14.5 acre site on St. George’s Avenue in Northampton.

Commenting on her victory Brooks said: ‘Our scheme proposes a collection of new buildings around a series of landscaped courtyards and a complete transformation of the Maidwell Building into a forum, conceived as the new heart for the Campus.

‘We look forward to working with the University to strengthen the Campus’ identity and provide excellent new facilities for students, staff and Northampton’s wider creative business community.’

Gill Winder, director of estates at the University, said: ‘This masterplan aims to predict the development of The University of Northampton’s Avenue Campus over the next 15-20 years, embracing short term accommodation needs and longer term plans for growth and enhanced excellence in arts, sciences and technology, community facilities and business engagement.’

The University hopes to finalise its plans in 2010.


Project Data

Structural consultants: AKT Consulting Engineers
Quantity surveyors: Davis Langdon
Landscape architecture consultancy: Grant Associates
Mechanical & Electrical & sustainability: Max Fordham
Transport Consultants: Steer Davis Gleave

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