AndArchitects has released images of its designs for a new stadium for Luton Town FC
The Football League Two team is planning a move from its current Kenilworth Road base to the Power Court site next to the town’s station.
The proposals for the 17,500 seat arena were recently displayed at a public exhibition attended by more than 4,000 local residents.
A planning application for the stadium and a linked mixed-use development at Newlands Park off junction 10 of the M1 is set to be submitted to Luton Borough Council later this month
Manuel Nogueira, managing director at AndArchitects, told AJ that the stadium would include a new system of ‘halo lighting’ with floodlights pointing directly down at the pitch.
He said: ‘This was developed because the stadium is on a flightpath and next to the town’s train station.
‘We believe it is the first time it has been done and we hope it will help change people’s perceptions of Luton.’
The mixed-use proposals at Newlands Park, designed by AndArchitects in collaboration with retail specialist Leslie Jones Architects, would see the creation of 46,000m² of office space, a large hotel, plus retail space and a leisure destination including a cinema.
Scott Brownrigg, which worked on a preliminary version of this scheme, is no longer on the project, it has confirmed.
A statement from the club said: ‘The football club are uniquely the developer for both sites and this gives them the opportunity to consider the designs of the stadium as being specific for a town centre location where the building can be used for other uses during the week.
‘The relocation of the new Luton Town F.C. Stadium to Power Court, adjacent to the main train station acts as a catalyst for regeneration of this undeveloped land in the heart of the town, and a significant opportunity to help change perceptions of Luton itself.’