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Darling’s £55m Croydon tower set to start on site

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A 37-storey tower in central Croydon designed by AJ100 practice Darling Associates is set to start on-site in next year.

The College Road Tower mixed-use scheme for Silver Star Properties will start on site in September 2015 for completion in 2017, the practice said.

The structure, which has a lower 15-storey section, will house a 225-bedroom hotel on its lowest 11 storeys, a gym and restaurant on its 12th floor and 159 apartments on its upper floors.

Darling said the tower’s external design features gave a ‘depth and continuity’ to the relevant floor uses and that the top of the towers featured an ‘enclosing and capping crown’ in anodised aluminium.

The tower’s ground floor and deck level will create a pedestrian link between East Croydon Station and College Green.

Darling Associates said the structure’s colonnaded entrance and landscaping had been contextually planned to help match the surrounding plaza.

The scheme, which is part of Croydon’s Fairfield Masterplan, now has consent from borough planners, who said it fitted ‘seamlessly’ into the south London hub’s skyline.

Darling Associates' College Road Tower

Bay study for Darling Associates’ College Road Tower in Croydon

Project data

Location: College Road, Croydon

Type of project: Mixed-use - residential/hotel

Client: Silver Star Properties

Architect: Darling Associates

Landscape architect: LDA Design

Planning consultant: DP9

Heritage advisor: KMHeritage

Structural Engineer: Walsh Associates

Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: URS

Project cost: £55million

Start on site date: Autumn 2015

Completion date: Winter 2017

Form of contract and/or procurement: Two-stage design and build

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