Topping Out At Major Luton Development

Posted 31 July 2020 by Keith Osborne

Strawberry Star Homes recently ‘topped out’ on the first phase of its major mixed-use development, Lu2on...

Strawberry Star Homes recently ‘topped out’ on the first phase of Lu2on, its major, mixed-use development on the site of the former Vauxhall Motors factory, close to Luton Airport.

The £280million project will overall bring provide over 877 suites, one- and two-bedroom apartments together with first-class facilities such as private roof gardens and 24-hour concierge.

Phase 1 comprises 401 residential units with amenities and facilities such as 49,600 sq ft of retail space, an 8,000 sq ft gym, a 300-room hotel with a banqueting facility which residents can make use of, as well as 10,000 sqm of gardens and a landscaped piazza open to the public. The first phase of the development is on track to be completed in Q4 2021.

The ceremony was attended by Rachel Hopkins, MP for Luton South, Laura Church, corporate director at Luton Council, Tom Neylon, regional director of JJ Rhatigan, representatives from Lu2on architect Flanagan Lawrence, and consultancy Gardiner Theobald amongst other dignitaries and representatives from Strawberry Star.

Lu2onSanthosh Gowda, chairman of Strawberry Star Group, said: “The topping out ceremony at Lu2on is an important milestone for Strawberry Star, as well as the regeneration of Luton. Lu2on is part of our volume housing strategy to provide London lifestyle homes in the commuter belt towns and we are delighted to see it taking shape. I would like to thank Luton Council, local MP, our main contractor JJ Rhatigan, Flanagan Lawrence and Gardiner & Theobald for their support and cooperation in helping us reach this stage. Lu2on will give the local economy a great boost and is set to be become a major landmark in Luton.”

Rachel Hopkins MP for Luton said: “It was great to witness first-hand the progress that is being made at Lu2on today, which is part of a £1.5billion regeneration project underway in the town. Strawberry Star have taken a considered approach to developing this brownfield site, delivering quality homes as well as retail and commercial space. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that Lu2on will have on the town in the coming months.”

Tom Neylon, regional director at JJ Rhatigan, said: “We are very proud to have reached the first major milestone and to be working with Strawberry Star on such a significant and award-winning project. It is great to have been able to utilise the skills and talent of the local workforce and we look forward to continuing to work with Strawberry Star to deliver their vision for Lu2on.”

Property prices in and around Luton are considerably less than in London, but the town has frequent fast trains through the capital and to Bedford, as well as its oen international airport. The new homes at Lu2on are appealing to first-time buyers, London commuters and buy-to-let investors.

Strawberry Star Group plans to deliver 4,000 new build homes in and around London by 2025, using a mix of traditional and novel construction technologies, including elements of modular homes.

Apartments at Lu2on currently start from £220,000.

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