Pitman Tozer Architects’ designs for a 25-storey tower on a car park in central Croydon have won approval – the latest in a string of approvals for the local council’s development company
The proposals will create 128 homes sat above 815m² of office and commercial space on Wandle Road for Brick by Brick, the south London council’s arms-length housebuilder.
The part 23, part 25-storey high-rise will include a plinth of office space underneath and homes above, of which 50 per cent will be affordable, as well as a communal roof garden on the 22nd floor.
Pitman Tozer said the new tower, which sits next to the A232 flyover, would provide a ‘distinctive landmark’ for Croydon city centre and deliver high-quality new homes on a ‘challenging urban site’.
The scheme is being delivered as part of a huge house-building drive by Brick by Brick, which is aiming to complete 2,000 homes over the next four years, and around 500 a year thereafter.
Pitman Tozer was also behind two other Brick by Brick projects in a wave of recent approvals: a 33-home scheme and a 1,076m² community space, theatre and NHS facility in Coulsdon.
The six other projects handed planning permission, included three small infill residential schemes in Selhurst and one in New Addington, all designed by Coffey Architects.
Mary Duggan Architects’ £25 million proposals for a 157-home scheme in Coulsdon were also given the go-ahead, along with a small residential project in South Norwood by the council’s in-house architecture practice, Common Ground.
Pitman Tozer director Luke Tozer said the tower’s composition of slim elements would create a ‘complex silhouette on the Croydon skyline’.
He added: ‘The complex brief and challenging site conditions have driven a design that creates a deliverable mixed-use scheme with high-quality homes on a low-value brownfield underused car park site near the city centre.’
Brick by Brick has 1,200 homes under development, with around 600 already on site and the other 600 either in detailed design post planning or out to tender.
Location Wandle Road Car Park, Croydon
Type of project mixed-use, residential-led
Client Brick by Brick Croydon
Architect Pitman Tozer Architects
Landscape architect LT Studio
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer Conisbee
M&E consultant Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor Gleeds
Gross internal floor area Residential: 12,552 m², Commercial area: 815m²