A huge amount of regeneration is taking place under the banner of Northampton Alive and more is planned.
We have replaced the town’s railway station and have created a new bus station to ensure a bright and welcoming arrival for visitors and residents alike.
New student accommodation has been completed, ahead of the University of Northampton’s £330 million plan to bring its campus into the town centre. This will put research at the heart of the Enterprise Zone.
The University of Northampton Innovation Centre has been built opposite the railway station, ensuring fledgling social enterprises have a base from which to grow.
This is just part of a wider redevelopment of a stretch of waterside leading into the town centre, providing an abundance of commercial space. More is on the way as developments continue adjacent to the new university and railway station sites.
Cosworth has created a state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Facility, placing it at the forefront of production line technology in the UK.
New Northamptonshire County Council offices are also being built next to the town’s cultural quarter, bringing public sector staff with an estimated £12 million spending power back into the town centre.
And a hotel is under construction to support the cultural quarter which, along with the existing theatres and museum, features a new independent cinema.
In the town centre itself, we have already carried out a series of enhancements to the historic Market Square including new stalls, an events space, fountain and cutting-edge lighting scheme. These are being supplemented by further measures to boost town centre fortunes, including free parking for two hours every day and all day Saturday and Sunday, and an incentive to encourage business.
Improvements are being made to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre and the town’s old Greyfriars bus station is being demolished, freeing the area up for development.
In 2011 we created a new marina, a short walk from the town centre and cultural quarter, and in July 2012 we launched a state-of-the-art skatepark which has attracted national interest.
Other projects include the development of Sixfields, including the Northampton Town FC stadium, Northampton Saints rugby club’s expansion plans, the return of Phipps NBC brewing to the town and the largest social housing development in Northampton for 20 years.