29.08.2019 / Main Category

JJ Rhatigan appointed as main contractor for Strawberry Star’s £280m LU2ON scheme

Strawberry Star Homes, the volume housing division of London-based international property company, Strawberry Star Group, has selected JJ Rhatigan & Company, a leading building contractor, as the main contractor for phase 1 of Lu2on, an award-winning mixed-use development in Luton.

Located on the site of the former Vauxhall Motors factory, where some of Britain’s most iconic and best-loved cars were once built, Lu2on will provide over 850 bespoke suites, one and two-bedroom apartments and first-class facilities such as private roof gardens and 24-hour concierge. Spread over 6.9 acres, 400 high-quality apartments will be built under phase 1, due for completion in Q2 2021.

Initial construction work commenced at the end of June, with site preparation works now underway. This comes just as Lu2on has won the prestigious First Time Buyer Readers’ Award 2019 in the Best Off-Plan Development category. JJ Rhatigan was selected as the main contractor following a stringent competitive tendering process.

Santhosh Gowda, Chairman, Chairman at Strawberry Star Group, said “Lu2on is a transformational project, which will significantly contribute to the local economy in one of the top performing towns for house price growth and entrepreneurial investment. We are offering London lifestyle homes and amenities in Luton and we believe that JJ Rhatigan is the right partner to realise our volume housing vision.”

Tom Neylon, JJ Rhatigan’s Regional Director, said, “We are very proud to be working with Strawberry Star Homes delivering the first phase of this significant award-winning development, and setting the standard for the subsequent phases of the project.”

JJ Rhatigan have successfully delivered a number of major residential led mixed-use developments including Colliers Wood Tower ‘Britannia Point’, Callis Yard, Woolwich and Carolyn House, Croydon; as well as several award-winning schemes in Ireland including Athlone Town Centre, Charlemont Square Regeneration, Heuston South Quarter, The Grange and Landsdowne Place projects in Dublin.

Tom continued: “We are conscious of the high-profile nature of this landmark site and what the regeneration can offer for the Luton community. We look forward to working closely with Strawberry Star Homes to deliver their vision for the project.”

Strawberry Star Homes plans to deliver 4,000 London-style new homes across London zones 3 – 9 and the commuter belt by 2025.


About Strawberry Star Homes

Strawberry Star Homes (SSH) is part of the London-based Strawberry Star Group (SSG), an international property company specialising in Capital, Acquisitions, Development, Homes, Sales, Asset Management and Lettings & Management of London property to local and international investors. The company has £1.4 billion worth of Assets Under Management.

Founded in 2007 by Santhosh Gowda, an entrepreneur with over 28 years of rich experience in leading international property markets, SSG is a provider of high-quality property services. SSH builds quality homes in London zones 3-9 and popular commuter belt towns where the demand for homes is rapidly increasing as working professionals are looking to relocate to outer areas. It focuses on volume housing and lifestyle-driven communities in locations that benefit from new and existing fast transport links to Central London and business hubs.

SSH will deliver 4,000+ quality new homes (apartments) in the London commuter belt by 2025 to address the growing demand from first time buyers, young families, home movers, working professionals, buy-to-let investors and international buyers.



About JJ Rhatigan & Company

Established in Galway in 1952, JJ Rhatigan & Company is a leading Irish building contractor, with offices in Dublin, London, Galway, Sligo and Cork. With over 65 years’ experience, JJ Rhatigan has established itself amongst the top building companies delivering high quality, sustainable construction projects across a range of sectors including residential, commercial, retail, hotel/leisure, industrial, healthcare, and municipal. Its portfolio spans from traditional building contracts, new builds, fit out and renovations, to the design and build of large-scale landmark developments.

JJ Rhatigan is currently on site with 21 projects with a combined value of over £800 million across Ireland and London. JJ Rhatigan has extensive experience carrying out work in both the public and private sectors and its client focused strategy has resulted in a portfolio based on repeat business and strong client referrals. The company is committed to sustainable growth while ensuring speed and quality with an excellence beyond expectations.

JJ Rhatigan has won many awards in recognition of its standards including Contractor of the Year at the 2018 Irish Construction Industry Awards as well as at the 2017 & 2016 Irish Building & Design Awards.