Avon Nunn Mills will be home to a new University Campus in the heart of Northampton. Overlooking the River Nene and open parkland, the 20 hectare Brownfield site includes a disused cosmetics factory and a former power station. It is adjacent to the Ransome Road development site, which has the potential to include up to 800 new homes.
In 2009, Avon Cosmetics opened their new European Headquarters on the site, marking the first phase of new development in the area. Opposite Avon Nunn Mills, the Becket’s Park Marina was completed in 2011, contributing to a high quality riverfront environment.
In November 2012, a landmark deal was struck that could see the University of Northampton move to a new £330m campus at the site. As part of the agreement, WNDC is pursuing a Compulsory Purchase Order for the land required for a new road through the site.
It is anticipated that work on the University development could start in 2015, with the campus opening sometime between 2018 and 2020.