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Luton Street development reaches major milestone with ‘topping out’ ceremony

Luton Street topping out ceremony

Published: 3 June 2021

Westminster City Council’s plan to build 1,750 homes in Church Street reached a major milestone as the highest point of the Luton Street development was completed.

Luton Street is a key part of Westminster’s ambition to create a ‘City for All’, enabling people of all backgrounds, needs and aspirations to live in the city. It is one of the first projects to reach this milestone of structural completion in the Church Street regeneration programme.

The development comprises 168 new homes, with 62 of these affordable council homes provided at social rent. As well as new high-quality homes, a sports hall and community space are being built which will benefit members of the Church Street community.

Luton Street is part of the wider Church Street regeneration programme which in total will see the creation of around 1,750 high quality homes.

The new homes at Luton Street will be surrounded by a beautiful green pathway between Fisherton Street and Salisbury Street, called the Green Spine. This will make the area come alive with an inviting green area contributing to local biodiversity for residents of all ages to enjoy.

Luton Street is the first development to be delivered by Westminster Builds – Westminster City Council’s self-development arm. The project is the product of a joint venture between Westminster, developer Linkcity, and contractor Bouygues Construction UK.

The Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Rachael Robathan, Cllr Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration and Cllr Melvyn Caplan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Management, attended the topping out ceremony alongside partners from Bouygues UK and LinkCity.

Cllr Heather Acton, leader Cllr Rachael Robathan, Cllr Melvyn Caplan

The development at Luton Street began in September 2019 and is due to be completed in 2022.

Cllr Heather Acton, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration, said:

Luton Street is one of many sites being developed in Church Street as part of our unprecedented regeneration programme which will provide new, sustainable and affordable homes, more and better green space and improved facilities for the whole community. The additional homes are recognised as much needed in the area and we want local people and businesses to remain at the heart of this strong, vibrant and diverse community.

It’s brilliant to see how far we have come with this site after working closely with local residents to ensure the building is the right scheme for the community, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it completed next year.

Linkcity Managing Director, Axel Boutrolle, said:

We are very pleased to be celebrating progress on this landmark scheme, providing 168 much needed high-quality new houses alongside community facilities and public realm for the local community. Luton Street is an important first step in Westminster’s City Council’s Church Street regeneration programme and we are very proud to be working in joint venture with Westminster Builds a part of such transformational development.

Bouygues UK Chief Executive, Rob Bradley, said:

It is very rewarding to mark the progress of a project which will have such a positive impact on the residents of Luton Street and the wider community. This is one of many projects we have delivered for Westminster City Council and a scheme we are very proud to be involved in, providing good quality, affordable new housing and community spaces for one of London’s most vibrant communities.