Luton regeneration receives Commendation

The prestigious MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project (ARFP) Awards have recognised the Luton 2020 Regeneration Project in the Regeneration and Masterplanning category.

Leslie Jones Architecture has collaborated with AndArchitects on the masterplan design for a new in-town stadium and  associated mixed-use scheme including retail, leisure, entertainment and residential.  

As an associated development opportunity, the edge-of-town site previously designated for the stadium has been masterplanned for a new mixed use development comprising of commercial office, hotel, retail and leisure. The town centre proposals for Luton 2020 Developments seek to regenerate the largely vacant Power Court site in the heart of Luton town and include a new 22,500-seat arena for Luton Football Club by AndArchitects. The development includes a sequence of complementary sports-focused retail, restaurants and  public space as well as 600 residential apartments to help address Luton’s need for more homes.

The edge-of-town scheme at Newlands Park on Junction 10 of the M1 will include a mix of uses that will help reinvigorate the town as a destination, while bringing a new offer to Luton. Designs focus on a commercial hub containing four anchor office buildings, potentially associated with increasing demands for administration space for Luton Airport nearby as well as a business hotel. Complementing the offices, the proposals create a new regional destination leisure-led centre including an extensive food and beverage offer, gym, bowling, cinema and retail.

The project was recognised as standing out amongst an extensive list of high calibre masterplan and regeneration projects from across the globe. It will receive the Commendation at the AR Future Projects Award Dinner held at MIPIM on 15 March.

The scheme is currently with Luton Council for outline planning approval.