Transforming Marsh Farm

The Marsh Farm regeneration project is a three-year programme to rejuvenate the estate across three phases and renovate Luton High Rise to increase energy sufficiency and safety.

ENGIE has been appointed by Luton Borough Council to transform Marsh Farm - an integral step into helping the council’s wider plan for major town-wide transformations. We’re regenerating the Marsh Farm estate by constructing new homes and refurbishing some of the tower blocks.

The first area of the project is the regeneration, where we are currently working on the third phase of a three phased project. Phase one and two are now complete, meaning 24 units have been built along with retail space. We are currently working on phase 3 which is construction of 94 new homes.

Supporting this significant project, is the renovating of the Luton High Rise, which seeks to integrate state of the art technology into the homes of Penhill and Leabank. This includes a combination of internal and external works to improve energy efficiency within the two blocks.

A link to the project overview is on the righthand side which provides highlights of the three phases and more information about ENGIE.

On Twitter and near the Marsh Farm site? Tweet us a picture of the works using #transformingmarshfarm.


The Marsh Farm regeneration project is a three-year programme to rejuvenate the estate across three phases and renovate Luton High Rise to increase energy sufficiency and safety.

ENGIE has been appointed by Luton Borough Council to transform Marsh Farm - an integral step into helping the council’s wider plan for major town-wide transformations. We’re regenerating the Marsh Farm estate by constructing new homes and refurbishing some of the tower blocks.

The first area of the project is the regeneration, where we are currently working on the third phase of a three phased project. Phase one and two are now complete, meaning 24 units have been built along with retail space. We are currently working on phase 3 which is construction of 94 new homes.

Supporting this significant project, is the renovating of the Luton High Rise, which seeks to integrate state of the art technology into the homes of Penhill and Leabank. This includes a combination of internal and external works to improve energy efficiency within the two blocks.

A link to the project overview is on the righthand side which provides highlights of the three phases and more information about ENGIE.

On Twitter and near the Marsh Farm site? Tweet us a picture of the works using #transformingmarshfarm.


  • IMPORTANT UPDATE

    4 days ago

    IMPORTANT UPDATE RE: SITE CLOSURE

    Dear residents,

    We hope you are safe and well during these extraordinary times. As we are sure you can appreciate, we are unable to progress the cladding works to your blocks while adhering to safe working practices as advised by Government. We have therefore had no option but to cease site operations until Government social distancing guidelines are removed and works can progress unhindered.

    We will therefore be closing down site entirely at 5pm on 1st April 2020 for an undetermined period of time, we shall keep you updated as and when we will be commencing site operations.

    ENGIE will still be responding to emergency issues during this period, therefore if you need to report an emergency please call us on 0800 328 7244.




    IMPORTANT UPDATE RE: SITE CLOSURE

    Dear residents,

    We hope you are safe and well during these extraordinary times. As we are sure you can appreciate, we are unable to progress the cladding works to your blocks while adhering to safe working practices as advised by Government. We have therefore had no option but to cease site operations until Government social distancing guidelines are removed and works can progress unhindered.

    We will therefore be closing down site entirely at 5pm on 1st April 2020 for an undetermined period of time, we shall keep you updated as and when we will be commencing site operations.

    ENGIE will still be responding to emergency issues during this period, therefore if you need to report an emergency please call us on 0800 328 7244.




  • 2020 Website Review

    about 2 months ago

    We are currently looking to improve these sites for everyone involved in this project and would appreciate 5 minutes of your time to fill out the following questionnaire regarding your site usage. We will be using this data to tailor our communications on here going forward.


    We are currently looking to improve these sites for everyone involved in this project and would appreciate 5 minutes of your time to fill out the following questionnaire regarding your site usage. We will be using this data to tailor our communications on here going forward.


  • Site update - July

    9 months ago

    It’s been a very progressive few months at Marsh Farm, Block One is being decorated, the carpenters are finishing up, floors are being finished and final inspections are starting to take place. Over in Block Two, the furthest progressed, snagging has begun, Block Three communal lighting is being installed along with the carpenters and decorators finishing off.

    The terraces are soon to be finished, the sheds have been placed into the 11 properties, the gardens have been divided and fenced off and the car park area and block paving has begun.

    For more information, please see the site update video...

    It’s been a very progressive few months at Marsh Farm, Block One is being decorated, the carpenters are finishing up, floors are being finished and final inspections are starting to take place. Over in Block Two, the furthest progressed, snagging has begun, Block Three communal lighting is being installed along with the carpenters and decorators finishing off.

    The terraces are soon to be finished, the sheds have been placed into the 11 properties, the gardens have been divided and fenced off and the car park area and block paving has begun.

    For more information, please see the site update video on the home page.
  • Renovation project update

    11 months ago

    We are currently preparing the next stage of the works - which includes the erection of mast climber to both blocks, installing new cladding (watch the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service put the new cladding through its paces: click here) and communal windows, and a temporary ramp to both blocks. The new energy system means residents will benefit from noticing a difference in their heating bills and energy costs. This will be achieved despite reducing carbon emissions.

    We are currently preparing the next stage of the works - which includes the erection of mast climber to both blocks, installing new cladding (watch the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service put the new cladding through its paces: click here) and communal windows, and a temporary ramp to both blocks. The new energy system means residents will benefit from noticing a difference in their heating bills and energy costs. This will be achieved despite reducing carbon emissions.

  • Site Update - March

    about 1 year ago

    In February, all blocks became watertight. The roof tiling completed on Terrace 2 and the internals commenced. This month, the power will be on, the 1st fix will begin in the houses and they will be water tight.

    In February, all blocks became watertight. The roof tiling completed on Terrace 2 and the internals commenced. This month, the power will be on, the 1st fix will begin in the houses and they will be water tight.

  • ENGIE's collaboration with University of Bedfordshire

    about 1 year ago
    With the construction sector facing a major skills shortage, never before has it been more important to inspire the next generation of industry professionals and to ensure that the workforce of the future meets the needs of the industry. Working with schools, colleges and universities, ENGIE is providing practical learning opportunities that enhance the curriculum and bring the construction industry to life. One example of this, is our London and Southern Development Region’s relationship with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Over the last two years, ENGIE has been working in close collaboration with the University of Bedfordshire to facilitate a series...

    With the construction sector facing a major skills shortage, never before has it been more important to inspire the next generation of industry professionals and to ensure that the workforce of the future meets the needs of the industry. Working with schools, colleges and universities, ENGIE is providing practical learning opportunities that enhance the curriculum and bring the construction industry to life. One example of this, is our London and Southern Development Region’s relationship with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Over the last two years, ENGIE has been working in close collaboration with the University of Bedfordshire to facilitate a series of student site visits to support its Construction Management degree programme.

    The focus for the project, has been two of ENGIE’s development sites – Marsh Farm, in Luton and Ensign Court, in Tower Hamlets. Through a series of visits at different stages of the construction process, students have gained an understanding of the ‘real life’ challenges facing a project team and the practical approaches and solutions applied to ensure effective project delivery.
    Students are encouraged to translate what they see, hear and learn on-site into their assignments. This has been achieved through ENGIE working with the university to ensure the programme of visits aligns with classroom learning.

    Our teams have also been able to inspire the students by showcasing the range of exciting careers on offer within the construction industry and what they can achieve on completion of their studies.
    Dr James Bishop, Senior Lecturer in Construction Management and Building Technology at the University of Bedfordshire said of the project: “It’s been great working with ENGIE; students have really benefited from their time on site. The opportunity to understand some of the important decisions and approaches being taken in delivering successful projects has been a valuable addition to their university-based lectures. In particular, the ENGIE site teams have been excellent in supporting the initiative and providing a valuable insight into their projects”.

  • February Site Update

    about 1 year ago

    Its been a very busy (and chilly) month here, block one’s roof is being waterproofed to make the building water tight. It now has all windows installed and glazed, whilst inside the electrical first fix is nearly complete. Block two, however, is furthest developed; first fix mechanical and electrical are complete throughout the building, whilst drylining and plastering has got underway, as well as the painting and decorating. The roof is also complete and the solar panels are applied! Over in block three, the roof work is currently being carried out including waterproofing, inside first fix electrical and stud partition...

    Its been a very busy (and chilly) month here, block one’s roof is being waterproofed to make the building water tight. It now has all windows installed and glazed, whilst inside the electrical first fix is nearly complete. Block two, however, is furthest developed; first fix mechanical and electrical are complete throughout the building, whilst drylining and plastering has got underway, as well as the painting and decorating. The roof is also complete and the solar panels are applied! Over in block three, the roof work is currently being carried out including waterproofing, inside first fix electrical and stud partition work is complete in two out of the three floors.

    In the terraces, T1 and T3 are having the final pieces of brickwork placed, and the roof trusses have been installed. T2’s roof tiles are 50% installed, whilst the solars and velux windows have been installed.


  • Sleepeasy Event 2019

    about 1 year ago

    The Mall and YMCA Bedfordshire have partnered together to hold two events on Friday 15th March, to raise both funds and awareness of the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping in Luton. The two events are; an indoor sleepover for children who are part of youth organisations and an outdoor sleep out on our car park roof designed for families, individuals and business teams.

    This event is designed to support understanding of what it might be like to be homeless/sleep rough and also the work that YMCA Bedfordshire do in the town, as well as to raise funds the...

    The Mall and YMCA Bedfordshire have partnered together to hold two events on Friday 15th March, to raise both funds and awareness of the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping in Luton. The two events are; an indoor sleepover for children who are part of youth organisations and an outdoor sleep out on our car park roof designed for families, individuals and business teams.

    This event is designed to support understanding of what it might be like to be homeless/sleep rough and also the work that YMCA Bedfordshire do in the town, as well as to raise funds the charity. The two events/groups will be kept completely separate with no access between them.

    For more information please visit: https://www.themall.co.uk/luton/whats-on/2019/ymca-sleepeasy-event-2019/

  • Constructing conversation with... A Trainee Site Manager

    about 1 year ago

    Hi Josh, can you tell us a bit about your role, and what you do on site?

    So, I'm a Trainee Site Manager, my daily role is checking health and safety is in place, looking after everything in Block 3, such as making sure all trades are ok and on schedule. I also deal with deliveries e.g. skips and diesel. Then finally I'm also a CCS Champion, which means I make sure we are going above and beyond to be a Considerate Constructor.

    How did you first get involved with ENGIE?

    Well, my dad works for the business, and I...

    Hi Josh, can you tell us a bit about your role, and what you do on site?

    So, I'm a Trainee Site Manager, my daily role is checking health and safety is in place, looking after everything in Block 3, such as making sure all trades are ok and on schedule. I also deal with deliveries e.g. skips and diesel. Then finally I'm also a CCS Champion, which means I make sure we are going above and beyond to be a Considerate Constructor.

    How did you first get involved with ENGIE?

    Well, my dad works for the business, and I asked for a two-week placement. I worked in different departments then decided that site managing was the role for me.

    What has ENGIE done to aid you?

    They’ve put me into University which I would never have done before. But it’s been really good, I go to Bedfordshire Uni to study Construction Management.

    How long will you be training?

    My course is slightly different to others, I’m doing a foundation degree course that takes four years, then I have the option to do an extra year to top it up to a BSc Honours.

    How do you find studying and working at the same time?

    Yeah not too bad, they relate to each other, what I do on site helps me with my course.

    Is construction an industry you've always wanted to go into?

    Well every male on one side of my family has been in it, so it’s in my blood, so I knew I was going to go into it. But yeah, I did want to.

    What are your long-term plans?

    Probably to keep progressing with my role on site.

    What do you like most about your role?

    Seeing the project develop and knowing that there's personal progression ahead.

    What's your biggest challenge?

    Dealing with difficult characters and keeping a cool head.

    Would you recommend this route to other people?

    Yeah definitely.


  • Site update - January

    about 1 year ago

    We’re now well into January and works are coming along nicely after the Christmas break. In block one the roof has now been concreted and screeders have completed the third floor. Over in block two DF roofing felt has been laid so the rood is 99% water tight. All windows are now in on all three floors and the electricians have begun their first fix. In block three, PPC planks to the roof are now installed, Conquest brickwork are doing final part of the parapet wall then all brickwork will be finished on all blocks!

    In the terraces, terrace two is now having the roof trusses installed, whilst terrace one is having the third lift scaffold including internal birdcages.

    For more information about the current works, please email: marshfarm@engie.com


    We’re now well into January and works are coming along nicely after the Christmas break. In block one the roof has now been concreted and screeders have completed the third floor. Over in block two DF roofing felt has been laid so the rood is 99% water tight. All windows are now in on all three floors and the electricians have begun their first fix. In block three, PPC planks to the roof are now installed, Conquest brickwork are doing final part of the parapet wall then all brickwork will be finished on all blocks!

    In the terraces, terrace two is now having the roof trusses installed, whilst terrace one is having the third lift scaffold including internal birdcages.

    For more information about the current works, please email: marshfarm@engie.com