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Allies and Morrison’s Croydon Whitgift vision retained

Allies and Morrison’s proposal to redevelop Croydon’s Whitgift shopping centre will go ahead, however a new design team could be appointed

The AJ100 studio’s outline planning application for the high-profile megamall will be taken forward, the scheme’s developer confirmed. The application was validated by local authority Croydon Council this month.

It ends speculation over which of Terry Farrell’s and Allies and Morrison’s rival schemes would be adopted following a £1 billion joint venture between their respective backers, Hammerson and Westfield.

Following months of deadlock, the developers in January announced plans for a 200,000m² retail behemoth following a revised masterplan ‘combining the best elements of both schemes’.

The developers pledged to redevelop and combine Croydon’s two main shopping centres – Whitgift and Centrale – to deliver a ‘comprehensive and transformational change’ in the area.

Allies and Morrison’s scheme for Westfield focused on the 1960s Whitgift shopping centre whereas Farrell’s scheme for Hammerson –designed with RTKL and shedKM – covered Whitgift and the neighboring Centrale shopping centre.

A Westfield spokesperson said: ‘Given the similarities in overall approach between Westfield and Hammerson, we are continuing to pursue the original [Allies and Morrison-designed] outline application lodged by Westfield for the Whitgift Centre to ensure momentum is maintained. We will not be submitting a new application.’

She added: ‘We are also reviewing all our consultant team appointments with a view to appointing the best possible team to support the Westfield and Hammerson JV.  We cannot confirm the architect appointment at this stage.’

The joint venture hopes to win planning permission for the scheme in 2013 and begin construction in 2015.

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