Case Study - Bowmer & Kirkland - University of Northampton

The new Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton is £330m project to transform a 58-acre brownfield site in Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone.


Location: Northampton

Sector: Education

Project Value: £9.0m

Duration: 106 weeks



The new Waterside Campus will provide state-of-the-art academic facilities for 15,000 students, residential facilities for 1,200 students and leisure facilities open to the community.

Our works included:

  • RIC foundations
  • Ground floor slabs
  • Waterproofing and gas protection
  • Attenuation car parks via permeable blocks and aggregates
  • Earthworks
  • Refurbishment of an existing building
  • Surface and foul drainage including pump stations and interceptor
  • External works including roads and retaining walls

This was a complex project with the site team simultaneously managing works on three buildings and two car parks. At its peak, there were in excess of 90 people on site.

Excavations on site have been completed using 3D GPS machine control. A base station set up on site receives accurate location data from the machine. Relevant 3D CAD drawings are uploaded to the system which is linked to a control box in the machine. The control box allows the operator to know exactly where the bucket teeth are in relation to the line and level of the dig required.

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As well as being quicker and minimising the possibility of a service strike, this system ensures that works undertaken are as per the plan entered into the system.

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