Demolition Works confirmed at Marsh Farm, Estate

Back in 2014 it was announced that the infamous Marsh Farm Estate was to be redeveloped. It came to the attention of the public in 1995 when Social Problems boiled over into three days of rioting. In 2016 it was announced that regeneration specialist Keepmoat had been appointed to the £22 million estate regeneration programme for Luton Council.

Good news for Downwell as we have just been appointed by Main Contractor Keepmoat to carry out the main Demolition Works on the Estate. Purley House will make way for the new housing development. The estate was built in the 1960’s, with a mixture of flats and houses as part of the post-war expansion of Luton.

Works will see the existing shopping centre demolished by Downwell Demolition to make way for 118 new residential homes for rent, two blocks of retail units and associated infrastructure and landscaping works. The scheme will be delivered in three phases over a three-year period.

The first phase will provide 24 apartments above a new shopping facility comprised of seven retail units on the former Purway Close site. Phase two will involve the demolition of the Purley Centre, to construct 94 modern residential units in the third and final phase.

Downwell have Demolition Works experience on similar regeneration projects and are currently carrying Asbestos Surveying Works on the existing buildings.

We will be posting progress pictures and information during the next few months.

For more information on our Demolition Works Services contact us on 01708 932 300



Built in the 1960's the Estate will be undergoing extensive regeneration works

100 years of demolition experience


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The Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening signalled the introduction of more stringent restrictions on us all and has specifically indicated that members of the public should only leave their home for very limited purposes. The message indicates that we should travel to and from work, only where this is absolutely necessary.

The management of the Downwell Group of companies which includes: Downwell Demolition, Inner City Environmental and Inner City Scaffolding has very carefully considered both the meaning and the spirit of the Prime Minister’s statement and whilst there has been some clarification from government subsequently that building sites could continue to operate, we came to the very clear decision yesterday that it was necessary for us, as a responsible contractor, to safely and securely close down our operational sites as soon as reasonably possible. Doing so will assist in maintaining the wellbeing of our customers, employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and the wider communities within which we build.

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