Over 200 new jobs for Northamptonshire residents have been created as a result of the construction of University of Northampton’s Waterside campus.
Since Waterside construction began in 2015, 216 people have been employed in paid work through the operations of the two main contractors on site, Bowmer & Kirkland and Kier. A total of 755 people from the across the county have worked on the site, including apprentices and students on various work placements — such as University of Northampton Architectural Technology Graduate Volkan Aslan.
B&K Trainee Design Manager Volkan said: “It’s been a wonderful opportunity for me. Being a member of this enthusiastic team has enabled me to translate my theoretical knowledge into practical experience. I’ve learnt so much that will be invaluable in my future career.”
The University already has a positive cultural and economic impact on Northamptonshire: reports show that the institution creates a £290m boost to the county and generates more than 2,700 jobs1.
Simon Denny, Executive Dean of Research, Impact and Enterprise at the University of Northampton, commented: “These figures are a welcome confirmation of our commitment to making a positive and lasting impact on the county during the building of Waterside.
“We look forward to welcoming the next crop of construction professionals as the building project enters its final few months.”
The Waterside Campus, which will open in September 2018, will see the regeneration of a 58-acre brownfield site close to Northampton Town Centre.