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Shedkm takes wraps off Croydon ‘gateway’ development

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Work has completed on this 10-storey commercial building designed by shedkm in Ruskin Square, Croydon – the first of five office developments earmarked for the key site

HM Revenue and Customs has taken the entire 16,700m² of office space within the £47 million scheme, now known as One Ruskin Square, and will move in early next year.

The building, which also includes a café and three shops, sits next to a new pedestrian bridge at East Croydon Station and opposite AHMM’s recently completed 22-storey residential Vita tower.

The project has been billed as a ‘gateway’ for developer Stanhope and financial backer Schroders’ £500 million redevelopment of the square.

Shedkm director Hazel Rounding said: ‘Our work embodies simple yet bold ideas that give our buildings a unique and strong identity.

‘The Ruskin Square design responds both to context and occupants’ needs, providing an alternative commercial offer in the area through exposing the services and structure.’

Shedkm was chosen to design the building in October 2012. The practice replaced Foster + Partners, which had won planning permission for the scheme’s masterplan in July 2012, and was widely expected to design around 93,000m² of pre-let office space at the site.

One ruskin square office space

One ruskin square office space

Source: Jack Hobhouse

Completed: shedkm’s One Ruskin Square scheme - internal [December 2016]

Architect’s view

The scheme’s deliberately bold exoskeletal design responds to the industrial heritage and urban aesthetic of Croydon and also maximises commercial floor space. An exposed steel frame supports the nine-storey building, providing a recognisable scheme in what will be a landmark destination and major transport interchange between London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

As a critical frontage to the new podium station approach, the south elevation includes a south-facing terrace ‘cut out’ from the main commercial block which animates this edge of the development. The building also features a green roof.

Inside the building, the industrial aesthetic continues with the use of exposed concrete, visible soffits and expressed services. Full-height windows allow an abundance of light into the space and, as a result of the external steel frame, internal floor plate size is maximised on every floor.


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