Northampton College set to retain Daventry campus site

Northampton College's Daventry campus.
Northampton College's Daventry campus.

Northampton College has revealed that it will now develop its new £6.5 million building on the site of the existing Daventry campus.

It has decided to build the completely new centre on its Badby Road West site as it would enable the college to retain sports facilities, develop an enhanced campus and provide a better learning environment for students.

The plans can be seen at a public consultation event launched today. They are being developed following the college’s successful bid to the South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership for £6.5 million of funding from the Local Growth Fund for a completely new centre in the town that will offer vocational training for young people and adults.

An additional planning application will be submitted to re-develop part of the current college site for residential purposes. Work is set to start in September and the new centre will open in autumn 2016.

The centre will provide places for 700 students, including 200 apprenticeships, and focus on developing skills identified as central to the local economy. The consultation will be held at Badby Road West on Friday, January 30 from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday, January 31 between 9am and noon.

Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett said: “As a college, our ambition is to be the first choice for training and education in Daventry and our plans demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the town and the local community.

“We now have exciting plans to share with the community and we hope that local people will come and see our plans for themselves. We want to hear their views on our proposals to help us prepare a detailed planning application.”