Jarvis Charles Street - 2 of 27

Hatters Place, Luton

Built on the site of 2 former factories, this 100% affordable, mixed housing project provides 49 new homes, consisting of 18no, 1 and 2 bed flats, and 31no, 2, 3 and 4 bed houses. 19 of the homes will be for shared ownership, with the remainder for affordable rent.

The 2 and 3 storey scheme is of traditional build, with feature brickwork and stonework to match the existing local Victorian architecture and zinc framed dormers. Landscaped communal gardens are provided in the central courtyard and PV panels have been installed on the roofs to the flats to feed the landlord communal areas.

There were extensive underground air raid shelters and after demolition of the existing buildings, care was taken to remove the WW2 artefacts by a local Luton museum. The voids were then filled in and reinforced beams installed over prior to construction starting.

£2million of government funding was provided to Hightown Housing Association in support of this new development to bring much needed housing to Luton town. Larger properties were included, as finding accommodation for families is a particular challenge.

Project Overview

Client Hightown Housing Association
Value £7,100,000
Duration Oct 2017 - May 2019
Contract Type JCT Design & Build


Vincent + Gorbing

Quantity Surveyor


Project Manager


Structural Engineer

Gyoury Self

Services Consultant

Wooster Jeffs


  • LABC Building Excellence Awards

    Best High Volume New Housing Development
    WINNER | 2020

  • Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development

    LABC Building Excellence Awards
    FINALIST | 2020

  • Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year

    24 Housing Awards
    FINALIST 2019