A topping-out ceremony last week marked major progress at the first phase of Lu2on, the multiple award-winning £280 million mixed-use development in Luton by Strawberry Star.

The ceremony was attended by Rachel Hopkins, MP for Luton South, Santhosh Gowda, Chairman of Strawberry Star Group, 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.

Located on the site of the former Vauxhall Motors factory, where some of Britain’s most iconic and best-loved cars were once built, Lu2on will provide over 877 residential units, including suites, one and two-bedroom apartments and first-class facilities such as private roof gardens and 24-hour concierge in the up-and-coming Bedfordshire town.

Phase 1 comprises of 401 units with amenities and facilities such as, 49,600 sqft of retail space, an 8,000 sqft gym, a 300-room star hotel that will include 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 complete in Q4 2021.

The topping-out ceremony at Lu2on is an important milestone for Strawberry Star, as well as the regeneration of Luton. Lu2on is part of the company’s volume housing strategy to provide London lifestyle homes in the commuter belt towns.

Lu2on last year won the prestigious International Property Award as the Best Mixed Use Development in the UK with a 5 Star Rating as well as a First Time Buyer Readers’ Award for Best Off-Plan Development. With house prices still 60 per cent less than London itself, 20 per cent growth forecast and an expanding captive rental market; the new homes are particularly appealing to savvy first-time buyers, professionals commuting to London, home-movers, buy-to-let investors and international property investors.