Works to regenerate, build new homes and create a better community at Marsh Farm have officially begun today following a ground breaking ceremony held at the estate in Luton.
The ceremony, organised by Luton Borough Council and the contractor, top ten UK housebuilder, Keepmoat, was attended today by MP for Luton North, Kelvin Hopkin and representatives from the local council and steering group.
Cllr Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “It was no coincidence that we have started the works at Marsh Farm during National Apprenticeship Week. This project goes a long way to meeting our commitment to provide more local jobs for local people and that means, with the help of Keepmoat, we will be opening up a series of apprenticeships at this site.
“The major development, which is the first in Luton for many years, will provide brand new and modern residential units and retail facilities which will completely rejuvenate the area. We are delighted to see the project under way and look forward to delivering the first new homes and retail units to show the local community the difference these works will really make to their lives”
Community regeneration and housebuilding company, Keepmoat is working with Luton Borough Council on this £25 million project to build a total of 118 new residential homes for rent, create two blocks of retail units and carry out associated landscaping works at Marsh Farm. The scheme will be delivered in three phases over a three-year period. The first phase, which officially started today, will provide 24 apartments above a new shopping facility comprised of seven retail units on the former Purway Close site.
Keepmoat Regional Managing Director, Dan Germann, said: “Our regional head office is based in Luton and as a result, we are very proud to be undertaking this essential work to help regenerate one of the town’s best known communities.
“We understand the area well and by working with Luton Borough Council and the Marsh Farm Steering Group, which consists of residents, businesses and key stakeholders from the Marsh Farm estate, we have created an excellent plan to revitalise the area. We are very excited to have officially started this project and look forward to bringing it to life over the next three years.”