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Foster and Make win planning for Croydon schemes

Separate schemes by Foster + Partners and Make have been approved for planning by Croydon Council in London

Make won planning for a £250m mixed-use development which will include an ‘elegant landmark’ 55-storey residential tower providing 496 homes of mixed-tenure ownership.

Named Cherry Orchard Square, the project features a ‘boutique’ hotel, community amenities and 6,600m² of flexible office space.

Cara Bamford of Make’s said: ‘Croydon Council’s vision for the area has been a crucial factor in our design and we are looking forward to starting on site – especially as we believe Cherry Orchard Road will play a crucial role in unlocking the potential of the area and delivering the Council’s overarching masterplan.’

Foster + Partners’ Ruskin Square project, planned for a neighbouring site close by, also won planning permission.

The scheme was masterplaned by Foster + Partners and features 600 residential units designed by AHMM. The project aims to create a new business hub at the ‘front door’ to Croydon, it is claimed.  

David Camp of Ruskin Square developer Stanhope said: ‘This is a watershed moment for Croydon in its ambitious plans to regenerate the town centre. 

‘The new scheme provides us the flexibility to meet the specific needs of occupiers and with the impetus of the new station bridge, enables us to provide excellent low cost space to live and work 15 minutes from Victoria and the City’.

Both schemes were redesigned to take account of a Hawkins Brown-designed pedestrian bridge which is planned to span a railway track and scheduled to complete in 2013. The bridge will provide a second station entrance connecting East Croydon Station with the town Centre and is expected to be used daily by 20,000 people.

Readers' comments (2)

  • It is nice to see Croydon finally being acknowledged as part of London. These two schemes should help further with the town's ever-ongoing bid to become a 'City-within-a-City'.

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  • Great to know that two vital long fought out planning applications have been approved for Croydon. However, both schemes have created a 'canyon' with the East Croydon railway station in the centre which desperately needs to be re-developed to cope with the increased commuter etc. traffic. Despite the proposed link bridge to the far end of the station creating a vital link to the centre, this is another case of the public realm being largely ignored with the onus on private developments with the usual 'landgrab' mentality that seems to be destroying not complementing our towns and cities- thus creating piecemeal masterplans. This would not happen in mainland Europe as they would tie in the infrastructure more competently.

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