Located opposite Northampton railway station, the £6.5 million landmark Innovation Centre was the first new building to be delivered in the St Peter’s Waterside regeneration area and the first in the Northampton Enterprise Zone, setting the benchmark for future phases of development.
The Centre takes the form of a cube, forming a pavilion and gateway to the town centre and wider St Peter's Waterside masterplan, with flexibility prioritised through the efficient, easily subdivisible floor-plates. A ‘BREEAM Excellent’ has been achieved, with heating and cooling provided via a ground source heat pump.
The primary use of the Innovation Centre is as a multi tenanted office building, with an emphasis on social enterprise and companies formed as a direct result of research and development being undertaken by the University. The layout takes the form of a ‘cube’ addressing the railway station to the north. The form is a deliberately simple pavilion raised on a plinth, forming an instantly recognisable landmark on the key approach to the town centre and ‘turning the corner’ into the St Peter’s Waterside masterplan.
The elevations continue the minimalist theme, with a simple palette of materials; Northampton Iron Stone cladding the ground floor, vertical format terracotta rainscreen cladding, high performance curtain walling and frameless colour fritted solar shading. Internally the office suites are arranged around a central atrium encouraging interaction between tenants, promoting collaborative working and engendering a sense of pride, ownership and belonging.