Boxpark ‘part of bid to transform Croydon into space age city’
The arrival of Boxpark in Croydon is part of the transformation of the town into a “space age city”, according to developers.
The claim was made by the team behind the ongoing Ruskin Square development in the town, as it was announced big businesses would support a seventh Develop Croydon conference.
Under the heading ‘Placemaking Croydon – Space Age City’, this year’s conference, which will debate and showcase Croydon’s growth as a business hub in south London, is being hosted by broadcaster and journalist Mark Easton on November 22.
The conference is being backed by several large names in the area, such as Gatwick Airport and the Westfield/Hammerson Croydon Partnership, the team behind the £1.5 billion Whitgift Centre redevelopment.
Schroder UK Real Estate Fund and Stanhope plc who are delivering a residential, business and leisure quarter on the Ruskin Square site next to East Croydon station are also backing the conference.
The development will be home to the eagerly anticipated Boxpark which will officially open on the October 29 and host more than 40 food and drink outlets.
And the major players behind this year’s conference are now backing Boxpark, which will temporarily accommodate part of the Ruskin Square site, to represent the start of the “transformation” of the town.
A spokesman for the Ruskin Square development said: “The decision to develop the first phase of Ruskin Square was a clear signal of our confidence in Croydon as a key growth area for London.
“We remain firmly committed to the borough and are pleased to be sponsoring the Develop Croydon conference this year, to celebrate the transformation that is already well under way, including the arrival of Boxpark here at Ruskin Square in less than a month.”