This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 20/05/2018.
11 huge tower blocks which could be built in Croydon in the coming years
These are the tower blocks which are due to transform Croydon’s skyline over the coming years.
Croydon is seen by many as one of the brightest and most promising boroughs in London at present in terms of redevelopment.
And it’s hard to argue with that statement given the amount of tower blocks which are due to be built here in the coming years.
From an enormous 68-storey skyscraper in the town centre to the world’s largest prefabricated building, there are certainly some exciting plans to look forward too.
With that in mind, here’s a roundup of some significant developments that will transform Croydon’s skyline when completed.
Trillium Dingwall Road
Plans to build two new blocks – one reaching 24 storeys high – consisting of nearly 200 homes in Croydon town centre were approved by Croydon Council last week.
The council has given planning permission for Telereal Trillium, one of the UK’s largest property companies, to start work on a new, residential-led regeneration development on Dingwall Road.
The project will involve 181 new homes being built across two towers of 9 storeys and 24 storeys, plus a flexible commercial space on the ground, first and second floors which could include a new restaurant, café or bar.
The homes will include 88 one-bed apartments, 81 two-bed apartments and 12 three-bed apartments.
One Lansdowne skyscraper
A truly enormous 68-storey skyscraper is set to tower over Croydon as the green light was given on the One Lansdowne development last year.
Work on the huge project, delivered by Guildhose Rosepride in conjunction with the China Building Technique Group, is due to start in 2018.
The developers expect work to begin at the site at 1 to 5 Lansdowne Road by the summer, with an expected finishing date of 2022.
David Hudson, chief executive of Guildhouse UK, said: “Peaking at 288 metres high, One Lansdowne will be visible from Piccadilly to Brighton, and will be a world-class building which really puts Croydon on the map.”
The building would be the second tallest in Britain – towering over the 50-storey Canary Wharf and only the Shard, which stands at 95 floors and 310 metres, would be taller.
East Croydon micro-flats
A trio of towers is set to be built close to East Croydon station, providing 151 new homes.
A tall building with three connecting blocks – one with nine-storeys, one with 20-storeys and another with 21-storeys – will be constructed on Addiscombe Grove.
The flats – 112 one-bedroom, 39 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom – will be built and managed by Pocket, which specialises in small apartments for first-time buyers.
No completion date has been given for the development but a planning condition states work must start within three years.
Plans to build hundreds of homes in two huge towers next to East Croydon station were approved by Croydon Council last month.
Developers Menta and Redrow were given permission to create 445 new homes in twin 25-storey towers – known as Morello North and Morello South – on Cherry Orchard Road by the council’s planning committee on Thursday, April 19.
Out of the 445 new homes, 338 will be inside the two towers and the remaining 107 will be in a new building of between five and nine storeys.
Property developer R&F Properties has £500 million plans to redevelop St George’s Walk into a huge public square outside Croydon Town Hall, which includes constructing new shops and refurbishing the Nestlé building (officially known as St George’s House) into three tower blocks with hundreds of flats.
Planning permission has already been granted for the conversion of St George’s House – more widely known as the Nestlé building – into flats.
The ‘wrap around’ section at the bottom of the building will be demolished while the rest of the landmark structure will be refurbished to look like three individual towers of different heights. Recladding on the front will give the appearance of it becoming three towers.
Original designs for the site on Park Lane included plans to build two new towers, of 25 and 35 storeys, with more than 820 flats among new routes lined with shops linking George Street, High Street and Katharine Street, as well as the public square on a pedestrianised Katharine Street.
While it is not yet known when work on the development will start, the recently submitted planning application to partly demolish the former Blue Orchid nightclub is a clear sign that it could be sooner rather than later.
Essex House development
A huge 44-storey block of more than 540 flats is going to be built opposite East Croydon Station after planning permission was given for work to start on the vacant former Essex House site in November last year.
The new double-tower skyscraper, which has structures of 44 and 38 storeys, will contain 546 flats as well as ground-floor shops and offices.
Two rooftop gardens for residents on the 27th and 43rd floor, as well as an enclosed winter garden on the mezzanine floor, are additionally included in the proposal.
The tower is set to be the world’s largest prefabricated building.
Ruskin Square will feature up to two million square feet of new shops, offices and homes, when fully finished, with just two tower blocks completed so far.
HM Revenue and Customs moved into One Ruskin Square last year, meaning around 2,500 civil servants are now based in the new development next to East Croydon station.
The 25-year agreement means HMRC have taken up all 184,000 square feet of the office space in the nine-storey building, which is next to platform 1 at East Croydon station.
Two more tower blocks are subject to planning permission but plans to build one minimum 12-storey and one minimum eight-storey building are well underway.
Brick by Brick South Norwood
A planning application has been submitted by Brick by Brick – a Croydon Council owned company – to build the new homes on land between Belgrave Road and Grosvenor Road.
If plans are approved, it would give the go-ahead for the redevelopment of the existing car parks and open space on to incorporate the erection of one seventeen-storey tower and two four-storey buildings comprising of 102 residential units.
The plan has been put forward to “improve” the area, with a report claiming it is currently subject to anti-social behaviour and is under-utilised.
The plan proposes to build 61 one-bedroom flats, 38 two-bedroom flats and three three-bed flats.
College Green development
Ambitious plans to develop College Green and Fairfield into a vibrant destination for arts, education and culture were given the go-ahead last year.
The £30 million redevelopment plan will see more than 2,000 new homes, various new high-quality public spaces, a brand new college, a 2,000 sq metre art gallery, new shops and office space, all with the refurbished Fairfield Halls at its heart, be built.
The site, which is nicknamed as the Cultural Quarter, covers the area of land inside George Street, Park Lane, Barclay Road, and the Brighton Mainline railway line.
Wandle Road car park
Developers made a pre-planning application asking for permission to bulldoze the council car park in Wandle Road to make way for more than 120 flats in November last year.
The proposed double-tower skyscraper, which has towers of 25 and five storeys, will contain 128 flats as well as 950 square metres of space to be used as either offices, shops or restaurants if planning permission is approved.
The towers would replace the current open-air surface car park, which contains 255 parking bays that are currently reserved for Croydon Council staff until 4pm on weekdays, and can be used by the public at other times.
The plans, submitted by Croydon Council’s development company Brick by Brick, show that the proposed flats are intended for rental only and consist of 56 one-bedroom properties, 58 two-bedroom properties and 14 three-bedroom properties.
A planning application to build a block of flats on 5 – 9 Surrey Street, consisting of 55 homes, was submitted to Croydon Council in March this year.
The proposed block of flats is eight storeys tall at its highest point and would contain a space for a food vendor on the ground floor.
The application comes after South Croydon company Regent Land and Developments submitted a pre-planning application last May to bulldoze the building which houses the hub and build a block of flats in its place.
The existing building is also home to the Sam 99p store on Surrey Street.