Projects to drive jobs and economic development, sustainably, strategically placed at the heart of the Golden Triangle.
At the heart of the Golden Triangle
Bounded by the world-class universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London, the Golden Triangle provides immense intellectual firepower for any knowledge-based business. Luton is strategically placed at its heart, and offers a rare chance to participate in developing one of the most diverse, exciting and growing towns in the East of England.
The region has produced 55 unicorns since 1990, such as Monzo, ASOS, and Deliveroo, and the Oxford-Cambridge Arc alone contributes £111billion annually to GDP. Whether it’s tie-ups with academics, university centres or spin-offs, or the recruitment of the country’s brightest graduates, this proximity and network effect is invaluable for burgeoning businesses.
Luton is a prime business and investment opportunity in the UK, strategically located within the Golden Triangle. With outstanding infrastructure, excellent access, and a developing skilled workforce, it supports economic growth in sectors such as engineering, logistics, transport, aviation, aerospace and sustainability.
Home to over 213,000 residents, Luton is one of the youngest and most diverse towns in the UK. Just 30 miles north of London, it has exceptional road, rail, and air links, with London only 22 minutes away by train. London Luton Airport (LLA) is among the UK’s busiest airports, serving 58 million passengers in the past five years and offering flights to 130 destinations worldwide. The newly opened Luton DART enhances airport access, linking Luton Parkway station to the terminal in around 3 minutes.
Luton’s growth strategy includes accelerated house-building, employment site development, and expansion of the airport to make it a leading hub for green technology, research, and creative industries. The Luton Employment and Skills Strategy 2022-2027 aims to drive economic recovery and growth, develop a pipeline of talent, and enhance the town’s skilled workforce.
Luton has attracted over £1.3 billion in inward investment since 2016, with a further £3.2 billion scheduled. Major businesses, such as Ernst & Young, TUI Travel Plc, and easyJet, have chosen the town as their headquarters. Luton is developing a highly skilled, multi-lingual workforce, and its proximity to the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London, as well as Cranfield, and the University of Bedfordshire within the town, ensures ready access to skills training and research.
The town’s uniquely joined-up approach integrates new town centre, residential, leisure, airport, infrastructure, and business developments into a cohesive plan, aligning with Luton’s 2040 vision.
In summary, Luton’s strategic location, exceptional transport links, access to a skilled workforce, and thriving business environment make it an ideal site for investment and business growth.
Current development projects
Green Horizons Park
Green Horizons Park provides the location for an ambitious, well-designed, high-quality, high-yield and mixed-use development, incorporating business, commercial and light industrial units, aimed at bringing forward 3,200 jobs. Situated on the doorstep of the UK’s fifth largest airport with excellent transport links to London and the North, it will be a hub for job creation, as well as green technology and innovation.Find out more
Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART)
Our pioneering new Luton DART, a Direct Air-Rail Transit system to service London Luton Airport, opened in March 2023.
The DART encourages passengers to travel to and from our airport via a more sustainable, fast, reliable and energy-efficient means of transport.
The DART is a fully-automated, cable-hauled system, approximately 2.1km in length, and transports passengers between Luton Airport Parkway station and the terminal in under four minutes.Find out more
We have received planning permission for 2.5 acres of commercial development off Kimpton Road, next to Luton Airport Parkway station and the proposed Luton Direct-Air Rail Transit (Luton DART) scheme. This could bring around 2,000 jobs to the site.Find out more
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. Importantly, sustainability is built-in to the building’s design.Find out more