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Visitor Centre

University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, University Drive, Northampton, NN1 5PH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a reception and waiting area for general and security information.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments View
    • If the reception is not manned there is security on site and a telephone number to contact them 01604 892 269.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Waterside Campus is located towards the South East of Northampton and can be accessed off the A428.
    • The closest car parks to our campus are St John’s Car Park (NN1 1HA) or Midsummer Meadows Car Park (NN1 5NX). Both of these are 5-10 minutes away from the campus. These are pay and display car parks and prices can be checked via the Council website.
      Spaces are available at Waterside Campus for Blue Badge holders. If you require an accessible car parking space, please contact your University host to book a space for you.
      A Park and Ride system runs from the west side of Northampton – the car park is a short distance from M1 junctions 15a and 16.?The Uno buses accept cash and contactless payments on board.
      University Park and Ride services are available. Parking at the Park and Ride site is free and a return journey is a reduced rate of £1.20 for pre-arranged university visitors and interview applicants when you show your interview email.
      The address for the Park and Ride is: Claret Car Park and Saints Car Park, Edgar Mobbs Way, Sixfields, Northampton, NN5 5JR.
      Please see the Uno Bus timetables for bus times.? The car park is open from 6.00am – 10.30pm.
      It’s approximately a 2.3 mile journey to the University, taking 15 minutes on average.
  • By Bus View
    • National Express and other coach services operate from Victoria Street (please check with your operator to confirm) which is located directly beside the Upper Mounts car park in the town centre. Local buses operate from Northgate Bus Station, just off the Market Square in the town centre.
      The Uno 19 and 19A depart from the Drapery to Waterside every 12 minutes.
  • By Train View
    • Northampton Railway Station is one hour by train from both London Euston and Birmingham New Street.? The number 18 bus connects the train station to campus Monday – Friday (at the weekends, visitors should walk to the Drapery and catch the 19/19A service to Waterside).

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available within the car park.
    • The name of the car park is Car Park 4.
    • The car park is located to the rear of the building.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (4)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located towards the west of the building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are The Creative Hub.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 240cm x 480cm (7ft 10in x 15ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by visitors and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment can be made by phone.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is stepped access to the car park from the campus.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the campus.

Site/Campus Car Park (3)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located towards the west of the building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are The Engine Shed.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 360cm x 480cm (11ft 10in x 15ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by visitors, Blue Badge holders and permit holders.
    • Parking charges apply for all users.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment can be made by phone.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is level access to the car park from the campus.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the campus.
    • The nearest designated bay is 129m (141yd 3in) from the Engine Shed.
  • Comments View
    • Car Park 3 is also used for guests of Sunley Hotel (pre-booked) and student residents at Waterside (permit holders).

Outside Access

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at front of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 109cm (3ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • There is an exit button to leave the premises, it is 115cm high.

Reception

  • The Visitors Centre is located in the lobby.
  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are varied.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
  • Staff are not trained to use the hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system was not tested at the time of the survey.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested on 12/02/2020.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The lobby is the only accessed area for visitors or students. This is where the reception is located.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in the Learning Hub.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located in the Learning Hub.