The University of Northampton has reached another milestone with its Waterside Campus development as the first of its halls of residence has been officially ‘topped out’.
An official ceremony was held on the roof of the Francis Crick Halls on Tuesday 19 September. Attended by over 40 guests including the Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, Nick Petford, the Mayor of Northampton, Gareth Earles and Chief Constable of the Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens. Guests donned their PPE and made their way up to the roof of the building with Yew tree in hand. After speeches from the Vice Chancellor, the President of the Northampton Students’ Union and Sean Yeo, a local beer was ceremoniously poured on the roof of the building, and guests made their way back down to the site office for refreshments.
The building is named in honour of Francis Crick, the pioneering Northamptonian scientist who co-discovered the structure of DNA, and will make up part of the larger Student Village.This is the second set of student residences that Eastern have built for the University, the first being St John’s Hall in 2014.
Speaking at the event, Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “For many students this will be the first time they have lived away from home and as a University that places student experience and the support we provide to our students at the centre of what we do, we want to build the very best homes for our students to live, learn and relax.
“It’s exciting to think that in a year’s time, we will be ready to welcome the first students to the new campus and into these halls of residence when the next chapter of our University’s story will begin.”
The University’s £54.6m student residences are currently being built on a former 58-acre brownfield site on the banks of the River Nene close to Northampton town centre. Work started in July 2015, and the campus will open in September 2018 ready for the new academic year.