This post was first published by My London on 14/04/2019.
What’s being built under all the cranes dominating Croydon’s skyline
We take a look at what exactly is being built in Croydon.
It’s near impossible at the moment to go somewhere in Croydon without seeing work being done on a development or, in some cases, redevelopment.
There are now so many building sites it’s hard to keep up with what’s being built where.
The development will shape the borough’s skyline for years to come and it’s important to keep tabs on what’s being built where.
With that in mind, we have taken a closer look at the developments currently dominating Croydon’s skyline.
A huge 44-storey block of more than 540 flats is going to be built opposite East Croydon Station, on the site of the vacant former Essex House.
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. Work to build the two massive structures has made good progress in recent months.
Rather than being built on-site like a traditional skyscraper, the towers are being made up of 546 prefabricated concrete cubes which have been shipped to the site and stacked to form the flats around the tower’s core structure.
Two rooftop gardens for residents on the 27th and 43rd floor, as well as an enclosed winter garden on the mezzanine floor, are also included in the development.
The tower is set to be the world’s largest prefabricated building and looks like it could overtake 43-storey Saffron Square as the tallest building in Croydon , though there are plans for an even taller 68-storey tower in Lansdowne Road.
The current tallest prefabricated building in the world is a 32-storey block called 461 Dean, which is in New York.
Essex House, which was built in 1961 and used to house the headquarters of British Rail, was demolished in 1998 and the plot has remained vacant ever since.
Carolyn House, close to East Croydon station on Dingwall Road, is undergoing a multi-million pound development which will see 183 apartments being built comprising of 79 one-bed, 103 two-bed and one three-bed apartments.
JJ Rhatigan is employed as the building contractor for the development, which it is estimated will cost £32.5 million and is due to be finished in May 2019.
The ground and first floors of the building have been listed as retail space, while the second to 16th floors are for residential accomodation.
Works also include a new rooftop extension comprising residential accommodation between the 17th and 22 floors. There will be an outdoor area on floor 23.
Next door to Carolyn House, work will soon start on a project involving 181 new homes being built across two towers of 9 storeys and 24 storeys. As part of the development, there will be 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.
The Croydon town centre Job Centre, which was in the building for this new development, was moved to Croydon Council’s base, Bernard Weatherhill House, on Mint Walk in May.
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 in 2017.
The £30 million redevelopment plan will see more than 400 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.
The hugely popular theatre on Park Lane , in Croydon town centre, has been closed since July 2016 and is undergoing a £30 million makeover.
It was originally due to be open already but delays in the work saw the re-opening pushed back to September.
After the building is renovated BH Live is expected to put on a programme of more than 800 performances and 400 community-based activities.
Taberner House had been home to Croydon Council ‘s headquarters, now based in Bernard Weatherill House, for more than four decades before it was pulled down in 2014.
Work on the huge 35-storey building which is being built on the site begun last May and, when finished, the massive structure will tower over Queen’s Gardens alongside other imposing towers.
Together with the tower, there will also be a 21, 19 and 13-storey building constructed as part of the major development. Overall the development should provide 513 homes in the heart of Croydon with around 40% of these deemed affordable.
Some part of the Queen’s Gardens will be off limits during construction which will see separate blocks built opposite Croydon Town Hall. Firm Legal & General have already agree to invest £100 million in the new homes.
Nestlé Building/St George’s Walk
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 recent submitted planning application to partly demolish the former Blue Orchid nightclub is a clear sign that it could be sooner rather than later.
Plans for 153 micro-flats to be built on Addiscombe Grove, near to East Croydon station, were given the go-ahead in November last year.
The development will consist of a building with three connecting blocks – one with nine storeys, one with 20 storeys and another with 21 storeys.
Pocket Living, who specialise in creating “genuinely affordable homes designed for local first-time buyers on moderate incomes”, will have 112 one-bedroom apartments in the development.
Housing association Optivo, whose HQ is on the High Street in the town centre, will deliver the remaining homes as 41 shared ownership apartments.