Northampton: Alive with heritage, culture and enterprise
Northampton: Alive with heritage, culture and enterprise A huge amount of regeneration is taking place under the banner of Northampton Alive and more is planned. Work includes the remodelling of Northampton Castle Railway Station, creation of the new North Gate Bus Station and a raft of commercial developments.
This is being supported by significant investment in our heritage and cultural offer, confirming that the past forms an important part in the townâ€™s future.
Northampton Castle Railway Station
The new ÂŁ20m Northampton Castle Railway Station, opening summer 2014 - thanks to funding from Central Government, Northamptonshire County Council and other partners - offers improved facilities and greater capacity. Later phases will provide much-needed office space.
9 University of Northampton Innovation Centre The University of Northampton Innovation Centre will provide cutting-edge accommodation and support services for 55 small businesses.
Northampton Town Football Club will increase its ground capacity to 10,000 with a new East Stand - plus conference centre, housing and local retail - after Northampton Borough Council agreed a ÂŁ12m loan for the project.
21 Franklin’s Gardens Northampton Saints Rugby Club will boost ground capacity to 15,500 with a new North Stand after Northampton Borough Council agreed a £5m loan for the project. This will enable the club to host international matches, putting it in the global spotlight and boosting the local economy.
24 Church & Co Prestige shoe firm Church & Co is expanding its manufacturing operation after Northampton Borough Council helped secure land adjacent to its current home in St James, a move which will create 150 jobs and support the company’s worldwide store expansion.
25 Cosworth Performance engineering company Cosworth has announced a ÂŁ30 million expansion within the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, creating 50 jobs and hundreds more in its supply chain. The business hopes to create a centre of excellence to help bring new technologies into the domestic car market.
Legal & General is carrying out a ÂŁ3m facelift of the Grosvenor Centre, scheduled for completion at the end of 2014, improving its appeal for shoppers. The old Greyfriars bus station is being demolished ready for further retail development and associated uses.
North Gate Bus Station
The new North Gate Bus Station, a joint project between Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council, has created a brighter welcome for visitors with modern facilities throughout, bringing shoppers to the heart of the town centre.
Our revamp of Market Square has created a new focal point for Northampton, with cutting-edge lighting, a fountain and an events and performance space.
There are long-term proposals to develop Marefair as a historic gateway to the town centre, celebrating the townâ€™s rich heritage, including its castle and St Peterâ€™s Church, which both have great significance. 22
Town centre redevelopment
More free parking, free Wi-Fi access and environmental improvements are just some of the measures we have agreed as part of a strategy to help revitalise Northampton town centre. Improvements also include the reopening of the middle section of Abington Street to traffic. Northampton Borough Council has also launched a series of incentives, including rate relief, to attract business into the town centre.
Project Angel is a major office development which will bring 2,000 Northamptonshire County Council staff into the town centre and save taxpayers’ money through lower running costs.
5 St John’s student accommodation New University of Northampton student accommodation has been created on the site of a former surface car park, bringing 460 students into the town centre, which will be of great benefit to the economy.
10 St Peter’s Waterside Modern new office space is being created along the waterside at St Peter’s Way, stretching from Northampton Castle Railway Station and the new Innovation Centre into the town centre.
Albion Place Hotel
A new Premier Inn hotel at Albion Place will create jobs and support the flourishing Cultural Quarter which has been created in the area.
Errol Flynn Filmhouse
The Errol Flynn Filmhouse opened its doors in summer 2013. The 90-seat, state-of-the-art venue offers luxurious surroundings adjacent to The Royal & Derngate Theatres.
19 Cultural Quarter We have created a Cultural Quarter in the area around Guildhall Road and Derngate, recognising the sectorâ€™s importance to the local economy. Partners include The Royal & Derngate Theatres, NN Northampton Arts Collective, 78 Derngate, Creative Northants, Northamptonshire County Council, The University of Northampton and Arts Council England.
23 Phipps Albion Brewery Beer brewer, Phipps NBC, has moved back to Northampton after renovating one of the company’s former homes – the Albion brewery in Kingswell Street – creating 20 new jobs in the process.
Becket’s Park Marina
The new 80-berth marina, formerly a disused boating lake, signals the renaissance of Northampton’s waterside.
11 University campus The University of Northampton has secured a landmark deal allowing it to consolidate two existing campuses onto a new £330m site, a short distance from the town centre and student accommodation at St John’s.
Carlsberg 12 Carlsberg’s new £20m bottling plant at the heart of Northampton has created 60 new jobs. The firm has also invested £40m upgrading existing facilities, making the town its new centre of operations.
13 Ark restaurant Northampton’s first floating restaurant, moored at Midsummer Meadow close to the town centre and new University of Northampton campus, is part of the exciting renaissance of the riverside.
14 Delapre Abbey Restoration of this 900 year-old historical site has been made possible by funding from Northampton Borough Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage. It is the councilâ€™s top heritage priority and will provide a visitor centre, tours and exhibitions, plus space for functions such as conferences and weddings.
15 Ransome Road This project will see former industrial land to the south of the university development brought back into use for the creation of 800 high-quality homes.
16 Skatepark at Radlands Plaza Radlands Plaza skatepark opened in July 2012 and further facilities including a refreshment kiosk and toilets were added in summer 2013.
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