[First look + plans] Muf architecture/art has completed a cricket practice facility on East Croydon’s Ruskin Square development plot
The interim project for developers Stanhope and Schroders creates a flexible platform for events and break out space for office workers on the 3.7 hectare site.
Constructed from reclaimed timber, steel sections and netting, the regulation-sized cricket practice nets will be operated by locally based sports charity Cricket for Change.
Liza Fior of Muf described the project as part of an ongoing landscape strategy for the £500 million regeneration project.
She explained: ‘The interim landscape creates a green “break out space” for East Croydon which will be added to incrementally with a link from the station, small commercial units for local businesses and further landscaping - each element contributing to the permanent scheme.’
Fior added: ‘We wanted to make the site a mix of uses-in the spirit of Ruskin’s ideas about the intersection of work and play - there is a long history of cricket in Croydon going back to the early eighteenth century.’
The project also includes landscaped pathways and the potential for a tree nursery and herb foraging activities.
In 2010, the company was appointed to work as landscape architect for the mixed-use Foster and Partners-masterplanned project.
Last week, the AJ revealed Foster and Partners had been sidelined on the East Croydon scheme one year after winning outline planning for the regeneration.
Developers Stanhope and Schroders confirmed it intended to brief four, unnamed architects to investigate fresh proposals for a speculative office building on the south London site.
In pictures: Muf unwraps Croydon cricket interim use