Luton Airport MPT, is a state-of-the-art mass passenger transit system that will transport passengers between two new stations: Luton Airport Parkway station and London Luton Airport.
The driving ambition for the architecture is to create stations that act as place-makers enhancing the passenger experience. The new 2.2km line and its stations will offer a seamless journey from land to air. The simple yet elegant
architecture of the scheme defines the spaces for the London Luton Airport transfer route.
Through careful considerations around sustainability, the stations will be largely naturally day lit and naturally ventilated. This also simulates an airport environment within the stations. The common architectural language in the form of parasol structures is repeated across the wider development and ties the stations together. Each parasol is held by a single centrally loaded column and cantilever across approximately 20m spans. The parasols protect passengers from the weather whilst allowing for spacious, open and naturally lit concourses.
All materials and fixtures and fittings within the station have been chosen for their sustainable qualities, to ensure
reduced need for maintenance and replacement of materials. All lighting has been designed with long life luminaires and have only been placed in locations where necessary to cover the station lux requirements.
The station roof will be formed of three parasol structures identical in structural behaviour to the Luton Airport Parkway station, a deep trough structure forms the floor and walls of the station; and the entrance to the station at ground level
is enclosed by smaller but similar parasol structures with cladding/glazing to the walls.
The MPT will transform the experience of those travelling to the airport by rail, and encourage more people to do so, enhancing the airport’s already impressive environmental track record and helping to reduce congestion on the roads.
Parkway Station, a landmark building providing a gateway to London Luton Airport whilst acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area. The station spreads across two levels with spacious, open and light concourses. It will
provide a seamless connection to the airport integrating with other passenger flows and helping to reinforce a cohesive identity appropriate to a modern international airport. The station design informs and integrates with the objectives for the overall airport masterplan.
Central Terminal Station, located to the south of the airport terminal in order to facilitate effective passenger interchange. The station building will be below ground level and have an open clerestory that enables daylight penetration. The canopy/roof structure has been designed using a common architectural language which is repeated across the wider development.
The Mass Passenger Transit (MPT) system will be a high quality and unified architectural experience for the passenger from start to finish of their journey. The experience will
be fully integrated with the MPT journey starting at the concourse level of Luton Airport Parkway Station and ending with the seamless transfer of passengers at the Central Terminal Station.