Commission launched to develop vision and plans for the former Greyfriars Bus Station
30 June 2023
The regeneration of Northampton Town Centre has taken an exciting step forward as West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) seeks designers and engineers to develop the vision and plans for the former Greyfriars Bus site.
Greyfriars is the largest brownfield opportunity within West Northamptonshire and represents a significant opportunity to deliver a large-scale development in this area. The site boasts a prime location at the heart of town, next to the ongoing transformation of the historic Market Square and redevelopment of the former Marks and Spencer’s and BHS units. The central location provides a unique opportunity to transform this part of the town centre and have a positive impact on the wider area.
The project is in its initial stages, as WNC seeks to work with experts to develop a masterplan and vision for the area which will outline how this can meet the needs of the local community and businesses. It is proposed that the initial outline plan will deliver a new high-quality homes, commercial uses, a new park, leisure facilities and a new coach interchange. A core element of the proposals is to improve connectivity within the surrounding area and provided enhanced walking, cycling and vehicle routes.
This is an exciting step to transform the Greyfriars Bus site as we seek to bring on board a consultant to develop a vision and plans for the area. As part of this, we will engage with the local community and businesses through a public consultation.Cllr Dan Lister, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth at WNC
The project has the opportunity to deliver a step change for the area, increasing footfall to support local business, attract new inward investment and create a place where all can be proud of. We look forward to working with our residents and businesses to bring them along this journey with us.
Organisations have until the end of July to submit their interest in working with WNC to develop the vision for the area. As part of the next steps, WNC is will seek to work with a highly experienced multi-disciplinary team of architects, transport and commercial experts, evaluation will take place over August with the team being appointed in September with a view to develop a vision by spring 2024.
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