A new skills, innovation and business hub to create 200 jobs for Luton.
Our new skills, innovation and business hub is expected to create over 200 new jobs for Luton.
Luton Rising acquired a four-storey, 33,000 sq ft building in Kimpton Road from Vauxhall early last year and refurbishment works will soon be under way, ready for opening in summer 2022.
The building will feature state-of-the-art wireless IT and communications systems and flexible, open plan office spaces aimed at attracting businesses in the post Covid-19 recovery phase.
Sustainability built in
Sustainability will be at the heart of the design, with the building featuring: photovoltaics; electric vehicle charging points; air sourced heating, cooling and ventilation with intelligent control systems; an air sourced hot water pump; rain water harvesting and a grey water recycling system.
Commemorating a Luton Town legend
Formerly known as ‘K Block’, the building has been renamed in collaboration with Luton Town Football Club. Moving forward it will be known as ‘Morton House’ in memory of club legend Bob Morton who played for the Hatters from 1946 to 1964.
A driver of skills and jobs
A training and skills hub led by Luton Council will be based on the lower ground floor, focused on learning in technical and social skills. The lower ground floor will also feature a café, seating area and outside courtyard. It is hoped that these facilities will encourage and foster an exchange of skills and knowledge between the building’s business tenants and adult learners alike.
The development of Morton House is likely to see some businesses currently located in Hart House Business Centre take up the first allocation of space on the ground or first floor and become the building’s anchor tenants.
The second floor accommodation will be targeted at start-up companies within the aviation, automotive, artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven sectors.