Napier Gateway, Luton

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This gateway brownfield site, sitting close to the airport and railway station, includes the construction of new apartments, shops, restaurants, bars, gym, a hotel and a wellbeing centre.

CW Studio are the landscape architects on the project, designing all the landscape from the public realm and fountain square, to the private roof terraces, the woodland boundary and the dynamic new park.

The main avenue works as the spine for the site and provides an important link between the proposed development to the north and the railway station to the south. It also links two key spaces within the scheme, the promenade and the square, both distinctive spaces with new tree planting, imaginative seating and creative lighting.

The simple geometry of the landscape, made up of circles spreading out into rectangles, is overlaid with grids of trees, providing a rhythm with their repetition and accentuating the direction of flow. The stone paving palette creates a unifying background onto which events and other landscape elements can be layered.

Feature artscape, such as etching words and patterns into seating and paving, helps to create a unique setting and identity for this development and incorporate references to Luton’s historical and industrial past.

Drama is created in the park with curved paths and dramatically changing colours and textures through the seasons. Planting includes swathes of ornamental grasses, specimen trees, chalkland limestone meadow and a circular open area of mown grass with trees and spring bulbs.

Planning permission was granted in January 2017.

3d visualisation by Dave + Co

Architects: GA Studio

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