The construction site of a new student halls of residence in Northampton town centre was opened up to the public today.
St John’s Halls, which will provide space for 464 rooms, is currently being built on the site of St John’s car park.
The new block of flats will provide accommodation for students at the University of Northampton and includes a laundrette, common rooms and a landscaped central courtyard.
Work, which is being carried out by Kier, started in August and will be completed in December 2013 in time for student intake in early 2014.
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, and Conservative MP for Northampton South Brian Binley were part of a group who looked round the site this morning.
Councillor Mackintosh said: “It was fascinating to see behind the hoardings and watch a Northampton Alive project coming to life before our eyes.
“Only a couple of months ago work had not even started, but now you can see the building starting to rise out of the ground. Soon our university will be able to offer brand new high quality accommodation to students who want to live in the heart of our town centre.
“And, this is just one Northampton Alive project, work has already started at the railway station and at Carlsberg, and soon we will see work start on the new bus interchange.
“It is a really exciting time for our town, around every corner something is happening, and I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to find out more about the future of our town.”