A proposal to transform part of the 24.5 hectare former Vauxhall car plant site in Luton into a £300m plus mixed-use development has been approved by Luton Borough Council.
Plans for the scheme, put forward by developer J2 Global, will include 685 residential apartments, a hotel complex including banqueting facilities, medical centre, public realm retail and leisure piazza, a public park and landscaping throughout.
Located off Kimpton Road, those with property investments in the local area will undoubtedly benefit from Napier Gateway, a best-in-class development, which is set to revamp the area, with an iconic 65 metre 22-storey tower, which will make it Luton’s tallest building.
The site will also include a state-of-the art medical wellbeing centre, 209-bed hotel and retail and leisure complex, with leading bars and restaurants.
Javed Hussain, managing director of J2 Global Corporation Limited, commented: “After years of planning we couldn't be happier to get the go-ahead to deliver this iconic project. Located on the former Vauxhall site on the edge of the town centre, just across the road from Luton Airport Parkway station, it couldn't be better placed for those that will live, work and visit here.
"Napier Gateway will help transform the town into an out-of-London hotspot, with a mixture of private sale and affordable homes, as well as modern buildings and facilities to attract new businesses, which in turn will bring hundreds of new jobs to the area."
Set to complete in 2020, Napier Gateway is one of a number projects planned for Luton and its immediate surroundings; London Luton Airport is currently undergoing a £110m transformation, with a 395 acre enterprise zone being delivered close by.
Other projects include a new £150m 22,500-seater football and concert stadium, as well as an expansion of the Luton Cultural Quarter and improved public transport interchange facilities in Luton town centre.