This post was first published by My London on 14/10/2019.
Another massive skyscraper could be coming to Croydon
It will include flats connected by communal areas
Another huge tower containing more than 800 co-living flats could be coming to Croydon town centre.
On Thursday night (October 10) the council’s planning committee heard initial plans for a part 33 part 48 storey block on part of College Road car park adjacent to the Croydon College.
The applicant – Tide Construction – said that the taller tower would be made up of 836 co-living units with communal areas. All would be rented with bills included.
While the second tower would have 120 flats offered at shared ownership.
The development would include a colonnade walkway which would provide access from East Croydon Station to the re-opened Fairfield Halls.
Also in the area is 101 George Street which is currently being redeveloped into part 38/44 storey building of 546 flats.
The co-living flats would include 2,100 square metres of shared space, including kitchen and dining areas, a ‘show kitchen’ for parties and cinema.
And in this pre-application each room is on average 27 square metres and would come with a small kitchenette and en-suite bathroom.
Simon Bayliss from HTA Design said: “It would cater to a full range of people of all ages.
“It suits people who prefer to live on their own rather than in shared house, or people who are working in the city during the week.
“There is not a huge number of them across the capital at the moment.”
But Councillor Paul Scott wanted reassurance that if the co-living model was to not work out in the future the building could be turned into more traditional flats.
“Obviously this is a very large proposal, what happens if it all goes wrong?” he said.
“Would we be able to design in the ability to convert the small flatlets into larger flats?
“What we wouldn’t want to see is that this was changed into offices (if it didn’t work out).”
Mr Bayliss said that if this was the case in the future it would be possible to convert them into regular sized flats.
Also at the meeting Councillor Helen Redfern said that although she liked the idea of the columns in the walkway she thought they may be unsafe at night.
She was assured that the area will be made as safe as possible by being lit and having cafes and communal spaces facing onto it.
Councillor Andrew Pelling was concerned that the tall development would cause a shadow to be cast making a “frost spot” over Boxpark.
And Councillor Paull Fraser said that he would like to see the tower ‘cascade’ from 101 George Street to avoid a wall being created.
As this was a pre-application no decisions were made.
It is now up to the applicant to take on board comments of the planning committee before it submits a full planning application in the coming months.