Union Building


Client: SSRE Investment 2

Location: Luton, UK

Status: Planning

Architect: Flanagan Lawrence & Stuart Forbes Associates

Interior Design: Stuart Forbes Associates & FLINT

Planning Consultant: GL Hearn

Structural, Civil, Transport Engineer: Conisbee

Building Services Engineer, Sustainability, CFSH, Vertical Transportation, Fire Engineering: Hoare Lea

Project Manager, Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald

Landscape Architect: Gillespies

Façade Engineer: AECOM

Principal Designer: Flanagan Lawrence PD

The Union Building is a mixed use development in Luton’s Napier Park area. Situated close to Luton Airport and Luton Airport Parkway Station, the scheme regenerates a prime location.

The first phase of a wider masterplan, the project will deliver 401 residential units, as well as commercial uses and amenity spaces. Central to the masterplan is a generous garden, linking the main road bordering the site through to an avenue that runs through its centre. The Union Building responds to this context, utilising the level change to activate the different aspects of the site, with commercial units, a gym, concierge, and residents amenities.

The building’s mass is articulated across three cores, each rising in height. Scale is managed through the careful choice of materials: the brick gradually lightens in colour as the façade rises from the textured brick of the ground floor. Each level is articulated with a chalk white brick line. Internally, a mixture of studio suites, one and two bedroom apartments all benefit from roof terraces and private gardens, which face on to the avenue running through the centre of the site.