DLP and BE1 have worked in partnership to prepare and submit an application to Luton Borough Council for a mixed-use scheme comprising a community centre and residential units. The site is a former car park that was previously associated with the neighbouring office building which has since been converted to residential under permitted development.
The community centre is intended as a landmark building and reflects the civic nature of the intended use. It includes flexible and adaptable interior spaces to suit the needs of the local community whilst there are also a number of office spaces that could be utilised for hourly or daily use. The residential units are a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bed dwellings to meet the requirements of Luton Borough Council’s housing needs. Space is at a premium in the area and as such the proposal utilises the entire roof area as a terrace for both the users of the community centre and the residential properties. An under-croft parking area is proposed to ensure suitable parking provision can be provided. There is also easy access for less ambulant users via street level lifts.