Studio Weave on team picked for Croydon town centre redesign
Upcoming practice Studio Weave features among a raft of specialists chosen to advise on a £5.7 million overhaul of Croydon town centre
The outfit is working alongside Jan Kattein Architects and Urban Movement as part of a team led by highways specialist Project Centre on the high-profile scheme.
The programme is part of a £5.7 million package of improvements to London Road, Old Town and central Croydon.
Backed by Croydon Council, the project aims to ‘enhance the distinctive local characteristics’ of the area’s high streets and ‘generate more pride in the town.’
Pedestrian and cycle routes are to be upgraded and connected with a new east-west cycle route which is nearing completion. Links between the town centre, London Road and Croydon Old Town are also expected to be made clearer.
London mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘Croydon is in an ambitious and exciting period of regeneration.
‘As part of these renewal plans I have committed funds to help revitalise the borough’s high streets. It is vital that local people continue to give their views on how we shape this future. This latest consultation is a great opportunity to do so.’
Croydon’s cabinet member for planning, regeneration and transport, councillor Jason Perry, said: ‘The team demonstrated very clearly that they were able to listen to the views of local people and businesses so that these ideas can be incorporated into the final designs.’
He added: ‘This is an exciting project that will see significant changes implemented in advance of the proposed £1billion regeneration of central Croydon that will come about once Westfield and Hammerson have secured planning permission to replace the Whitgift Centre.
The council received £23 million from the Mayor of London for public realm, infrastructure and business support projects following the unprecedented summer riots two years ago.
Allies and Morrison has meanwhile been officially named architect on the town’s £1.5 billion Westfield Shopping centre project (pictured).
Working alongside Leonard Design Architects, the practice is hoping to reach a planning hearing on the £1.5 billion Whitgift shopping centre redevelopment scheme in June.