This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 21/12/2018.
Brexit delays the building of Croydon’s tallest building
It will be one of the tallest buildings in Britain but building work will start more than a year late.
The construction of Croydon’s tallest building now won’t start until the end of 2019.
Work on One Landsdowne was due to start this summer but the developer has blamed Brexit for the delay.
The 68-storey development was given the go ahead in November last year, and when complete would be the same height as Britain’s second tallest building, One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.
The giant skyscraper is being built by Guildhouse Rosepride in partnership with the China Building Technique Group.
At 236 metres tall it will tower over the current tallest building in Croydon , Saffron Square – which is a relatively moderate 134 metres high.
Buildings on the site, at 1-5 Lansdowne Road, as well as Voyager House at 30-32 Wellesley Road will be demolished to make way for two towers – the huge 68-storey tower and a smaller but still impressive 41-storey tower.
The pair will be connected by an 11-storey block.
The development would include 794 residential units, office space, retail space, a swimming pool and gym, a bar, a restaurant and a public viewing gallery.
Guildhouse director Barry Jenkins described the delay as “frustrating” but gave a guarantee that the scheme will be completed.
“It has been down to the uncertainty of people waiting to see what will happen after Brexit,” he admitted.
“It is frustrating because we’ve been on it for so long – we are now developing it with a detailed design.
“There are so many aspects of the scheme we can get in place first.
“We will be managing the project but we have contractors lined up and ready to go.”
Mr Jenkins added that between now and next year Guildhouse will be getting a “formal construction price” and “getting funding in place” for the project .