16 January 2019
LUTON – PBA, now part of Stantec, has helped Luton Town Football Club secure permission for a new 23,000 capacity stadium as part of the redevelopment of the Power Court site to the South of Luton’s town centre. The proposals also include 550 residential units and a mix of other uses.
The club first lodged plans for the new stadium in August 2016 after acquiring the Power Court site, an important post-industrial brownfield site that the plans propose to transform into a dynamic and exciting extension to the town centre.
PBA have been involved in the project since 2014 and have provided a range of technical services throughout the planning process which have included our flood risk, drainage, utilities, contamination and transport teams.
Commenting on the unanimous Planning Committee approval, Elliot Page, Director of Transport, said:
“This is great news for Luton Town Football Club. The club has been trying to relocate for many years and PBA are thrilled to have helped them take this step towards realising their dream of a new modern stadium. The Power Court development will also bring significant wider benefits for Luton where the award-winning scheme will re-energise the town centre with new residential, retail and leisure facilities.”
The iconic, new stadium will sit on a raised podium, allowing access to a range of public and multi-use spaces. As well as the 23,000-seat stadium, the development will have bars, restaurants, a hotel and housing, delivering new and exciting facilities to enhance and compliment the life and vibrancy of the town.
Planning permission for Luton Town's new home ground was granted at a Luton Borough Council meeting on 16 January and was positively received by the club and its fans who have been trying to relocate since the 1950’s. Luton Town has been playing at the Kenilworth Road site for more than 100 years but the club's planning advisor said it was "no longer fit for purpose".