“A town steeped in rich heritage and culture”
Stevenage becomes UK’s first New Town
UK’s only pedestrian town centre opens
Locarno and youth centre Bowes Lyon House opens
Gordon Craig Theatre built
Roaring Meg Retail Park opens
Stevenage Leisure Park opens
Robbie Williams plays at Knebworth house
Stevenage BioScience Catalyst opens
Mace appointed as developer for SG1
Arguably the most significant point in the story of the town came in 1946, when it was designated to be the first of the UK’s post-war New Towns.
Throughout the urban development period, the New Town created neighbourhoods and communities. It attracted thousands out of London’s East End with the offer of modern and affordable homes, better living conditions, and desirable jobs in a rural setting. This was just the start of our town’s growth.
From the early 1960s, artists, architects, and businesses flocked to our town; the Rolling Stones played here, the town took on a Mondrian-inspired look (which can still be seen on the famous clock tower today), and multinational corporations set up shop.
“The heart of a town lies in its people”
Fast forward to the modern day and the town remains a place of opportunity, with affordable house prices, a great shopping and leisure offering, major road, rail and air transport links, and a thriving business scene that’s home to major business operations for some of the world’s most largest and most progressive multinationals.
Seven decades on from the birth of the New Town we are regenerating our town to provide updated, modern vibrant facilities for people to live, work, relax and play.
What’s on offer in Stevenage?
“an exciting town full of opportunity”
Kings Cross to Stevenage in 19 minutes by train
3 international airports within 45 minutes
Average house price: £296,879
Fairlands Valley has 120 acres of green space
Home to GSK, Airbus, MBDA, BMW, Fujitsu and more
A unique location
Stevenage’s location just 25 miles from London offers a perfect balance of urban and rural living.
The town’s position near both London and key transport hubs makes getting to and from the town quick and easy. Commuters can take advantage of trains into London every eight minutes during rush hour with the fastest journeys taking just 19 minutes.
Urban living for less
Stevenage has been listed as one of the top 10 most affordable commuter towns in the UK and offers outstanding properties that are close to London for significantly below the cost of other comparable areas.
A healthy lifestyle
Stevenage provides outstanding access to outdoor and sporting facilities, including the Green Flag-listed Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage FC Foundation facilities and 40km of segregated, uninterrupted cycle networks.
A place to shop – and much more
Stevenage is home to some of the UK’s leading retailers and high street favourites. Our major regeneration programme will also introduce a range of new and exciting shopping and leisure opportunities for residents and consumers.
Great career prospects
One of Stevenage’s key benefits is its outstanding business offer. Our town is home to three international, sector-leading organisations in Airbus, MBDA and GSK, all of which are based on Gunnels Wood Road, one of the largest employment areas in the East of England. The third of these organisations also hosts the Bioscience Catalyst, the UK’s first open innovation biomedical catalyst.
A unique business offering
Stevenage is home to some of the world’s most progressive multinational STEM industries: science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and people don’t even know it.
The likes of Airbus, MBDA and GSK all have major business operations based here, and together provide over 5,000 jobs in state-of-the-art facilities.
It’s not just world-renowned enterprises here; our town also has a fantastic offering for start-ups and independent businesses, with affordable, flexible office space, and an established, unrivalled support network for businesses in their early stages.