Two workers in WNC Keir branded high-viz jackets look at construction work taking place on Fish Street

Construction works to transform Northampton shopping district start on site

Written by Bethany Longhurst
  • Posted: 27th Feb 2024
  • Last Updated: 27th Feb 2024
  • Category: Abington and Fish Street

The main construction works to redevelop Abington and Fish Street, Northampton kick-started on Monday, 26 February.

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) is working with Kier to carry out vital works to enhance the appearance of Abington Street and Fish Street. Over the coming months they’ll be installing new paving and seating, additional trees and planting to boost the landscaping in the area.

Kier and WNC continue to liaise directly with businesses in the area to keep them up to date on the progress of works. As part of this, there will be a dedicated single point of contact for businesses throughout the project.

The redevelopment will complement the wider regeneration of the town centre, including the Market Square transformation, and provide enhanced connectivity with the rest of the town. Find out more about the regeneration projects currently underway in Northampton on WNC’s regeneration webpage.


Workers in high-viz jackets posing in front of construction work on Fish Street.


Cllr Dan Lister, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth at WNC, said:

“We are delighted that the main construction works on this significant project to one of the busiest shopping streets in our area have begun.

“Essential preparation and investigatory works have taken place since September last year, however, people will now be able to see the main works taking shape.

“Once complete this winter, the revitalised area and enhanced features will offer a fantastic space for people to use and enjoy. We look forward to this taking shape in the coming weeks and months.”


Investigatory works were carried out in September to gain an understanding of all services connected through Abington and Fish Street, with preparatory works carried out in autumn last year.


Peter Ingram, contract director at Kier Transportation, added:

“We are pleased to begin the main construction works that will transform this shopping district and deliver substantial economic and social benefit for the people of Northampton and the wider West Northamptonshire area.

“We will be working together with West Northamptonshire Council on this vital project to ensure we leave a positive footprint in the area and bring new life to this town centre.”