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All change on major Croydon project as AHMM succeeds Make

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HUB Developments has appointed a team led by AHMM to draw up new plans for Croydon Council’s former headquarters following the demise of earlier proposals by Make Architects

In 2014 Make received planning permission to replace the 1960s Taberner House with 420 homes - a project then backed by the Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle, a partnership between Croydon Council and developers John Laing.

But the Conservative Party lost control of the council in local elections a month later and, even though Taberener house was demolished in 2015, the 40,600m² plans by Make were never progressed.

In July last year the council ripped up the deal with John Laing and re-took control of plans to redevelop the plot.

The new scheme is being taken forward by developer HUB, who recently bought the site from the local authority, and will include 500 new homes for sale and rent, plus 1,200m² of commercial space.

A statement from the developer this week said: ‘Stirling Prize-winning architects AHMM have been invited to draw up new plans for the scheme, and, subject to planning approval, construction will begin next year.’

Alison Butler, the council’s cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said: ‘That development teams of this stature continue to come to Croydon, post Brexit, shows the continued confidence in London’s growth borough as a great place to invest.’

Last year, the council removed the site from a joint venture urban regeneration vehicle with contractor John Laing.

Make’s plans, including a 32 storey tower, had been approved through the council’s strategic planning committee despite concerns raised by former watchdog English Heritage.

Meanwhile, mystery surrounds the future of another scheme by developers Guildhouse UK and Rosepride for a 39 storey tower at Landsdowne Road in Croydon.

The plans, by CZWG were rejected by the council earlier this month. A smaller development for the site received planning permission in 2012.

Guildhouse UK did not respond to an AJ request for a comment.

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