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6 big things set to change the face of Croydon in the 2020s

6 big things set to change the face of Croydon in the 2020s
Jan 13, 2020 Shaking Hands 0 comments

This post was first published by My London on 10/01/2020.

You just need to walk through Croydon town centre to see that it is changing very rapidly.

With building sites all over the place it can be hard to keep track of projects that are underway.

So as we enter 2020, we’ve rounded up the big projects which have already started or are in the pipeline and will change the face of the town the most in the coming decade.

College Green

More than 400 apartments are proposed to be built (Image: David Cook)

The area next to Fairfield Halls, which reopened to the public in September, is set to completely change in the next few years.

The Fair Field Masterplan which was granted hybrid planning permission back in 2017, is expected to see 400 new homes, shops, office space and public spaces come to the area.

But Croydon College sold the former School of Art building meaning plans for this part of the scheme have been submitted separately.

Part of the plan is to create a public square as well as a link for pedestrians to access the town centre from Barclay Road.

Taberner House

Work is underway at the former Taberner House site (Image: David Cook)

This was the former headquarters of Croydon Council, which is now based in Bernard Weatherill House on the other side of Fell Road.

Construction by HUB started in May 2018 and the building has gone up quickly in the past few months.

Work is expected to be completed in 2021 and as well as a 35-storey tower, there will also be 21, 19 and 13-storey buildings constructed as part of the major development.

It will be made up of more than 500 flats, of which 40 per cent are set to be affordable.

Nestle Building and St George’s Walk

The Nestle Building is to be refurbished into three tower blocks with hundreds of flats (Image: David Cook)

The Nestle building is currently being converted to look like three three tower blocks of 288 flats.

It is part of £500 million plans to redevelop St George’s Walk into a public square outside Croydon Town Hall from Chinese developer R&F Properties.

In November 2018 offices, including the Fairfield Business School, opposite the town hall were demolished.

A walkway underneath formed part of St George’s Walk and businesses left on the other side of it say they are struggling since the area has become a building site.

Cairo New Road

Cairo New Road plans for more than 100 new flats from Optivo
Cairo New Road plans for more than 100 new flats from Optivo

Approved by Croydon Council back in December 2015, these plans from Optivo to build more than 100 new flats are due to be completed this year.

The £25 million development will offer 113 new flats at shared ownership or affordable rent.

The tower is close to West Croydon Station.

101 George Street

The tallest modular building is set to be complete in May 2020
The tallest modular building is set to be complete in May 2020 (Image: Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems)

The worlds tallest modular building went up in an incredibly quick 35 weeks last year.

The two towers of 44 and 38 storeys can be seen near East Croydon Station.

The project from Henderson Park and Greystar is made up of 546 ‘build to rent’ homes.

‘Modules’ were made at a factory in Bedford before being transported to Croydon and slotted onto a central tower. They even include pre-installed kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing and wiring.

It is set to be ready to open in May, with 50 builders working on the finishing touches floor by floor, including painting and floor fitting.

College Road co-living flats

It is expected that a decision will be be made on proposals to build more than 800 co-living flats in a part 49 part 34 storey block from Tide Construction. The same company behind 101 George Street.

The co-living model would see each room being on average 27 square metres with a small kitchenette and en-suite bathroom

Residents would have access to a range of communal spaces, including a kitchen and dining areas.

The plans include a second tower of 120 flats.

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