Croydon Council’s housing development company Brick By Brick has lodged plans for 421 new homes next to the recently reopened Fairfield Halls
Designed by Common Ground Architecture – Brick By Brick’s in-house architecture practice – and MICA Architects, the project features five buildings ranging in height from seven to 29 storeys.
According to the development company, the new planning application builds on an earlier 2017 planning consent, ’nearly doubling the number of homes from 218 and increasing the affordable provision housing from 18 per cent to 20 per cent by habitable room’.
MICA is designing four of the buildings on the site, which will provide 343 units, while Common Ground Architecture is designing a 78-home block.
The news comes hot on the heels of the appointment of a design team to oversee the delivery of a £10 million ‘world-class, exemplary’ public space outside the refurbished Fairfield Halls. This team also included MICA, as did the one masterminding the now-finished £30 million overhaul of the 1962 concert halls.
The latest 0.8ha housing project will feature homes ranging from studios to three-bedroom flats, together with around 1,500m² of office space, much of which will be occupied by the NHS.
The site is bound to the north by Croydon College, Darling Associates’s proposed 37-storey College Tower and ESA Architects’ 35-storey Mondial House scheme, and to the east by the mainline London-to-Brighton railway line.
MICA Architects director Stuart Cade said: ‘The masterplan provides a significant number of homes, with the five distinct blocks carefully designed to maximise daylight and to frame the rich new landscaping. Commercial and community uses at ground level will create an active frontage, as well as providing facilities for central Croydon’s growth.
’The design is very much focused on providing community and family-friendly environments and we’re looking forward to seeing this important part of central Croydon come to life and live up to its great potential.’
Brick by Brick’s chief executive Colm Lacey added: ‘We have carried out extensive demolition and enabling works on the site and we look forward to continuing this most exciting and vitally important project.
’This development has allowed us to fund the spectacular transformation of Fairfield Halls. Together, the schemes are fundamental to Croydon’s ongoing renaissance, adding to its fast-growing appeal as a place where people want to live, work and visit.’
According to the team, the proposal has been designed ’with a particular focus around communal and private open spaces to create a family-friendly environment, including a number of ground floor three-bed duplex apartments facing a private residential courtyard garden’.
The scheme also features photovoltaics, rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling.
Work is expected to start on site next spring.
Fairfield croydon aerial view
Type of project Mixed use development
Client Brick by Brick
Architect MICA Architects, Common Ground Architecture
Landscape architect Gross.Max
Planning consultant Carter Jonas
Structural engineer Whitby Wood
M&E consultant Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor Core Five
PM/EA Cast Consultancy
Principal designer MICA Architects
Funding Brick by Brick/Croydon Council
Start on site date Spring 2020
Completion date TBC
Contract duration TBC
Gross internal floor area TBC
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Annual CO2 emissions TBC
Total cost TBC
Common Ground Architecture’s design for a 78-home block next to Fairfield Halls