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"I would wholeheartedly like to recommend Ralph + Smith for their professionalism and design skills. Working with Chloe and Claire has been an enjoyable experience. Working closely with the team, time and money have been effectively used.

The fabrics and colour schemes have proved to be very popular with staff and students, maximising the impact of the spaces and providing a fantastic environment for study, working, eating and socialising."

Jane Bunce  |  Director of Student and Academic Services  |  University of Northampton

Ralph + Smith were part of the project design team working with the University Estate and Executive Project Team and Architects. As the furniture and space consultants, we planned, specified and project managed £2.5 million of furniture for 5 buildings on the new site.

The Learning Hub, at 156,000 sq ft, is the largest on the campus, the heartbeat of the university and where the bulk of the academic teaching takes place.

The five-storey space incorporates:

Learning Environments & Teaching Rooms


Student Help Desk

Academic & Admin Open Workspaces

Careers Advice Drop In Zone

IT Support

Library/Silent Study Space

Open and Private Meeting Spaces

Catering Outlets, Cafes & University Bar

Open Working Terrace Spaces

Exhibition Space

Our Roles

Full Design Consultancy

Test Fits & Space Planning


FF&E Specification

Budget Management

Tender Management

Project Management




University of Northampton

Waterside Campus | Northampton