Residential Developer HUB has submitted a detailed planning application for the former Taberner House and The Queen’s Gardens in central Croydon.
The scheme, designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and internationally renowned landscape architect Grant Associates, will deliver 514 homes and includes the revitalisation of The Queen’s Gardens. The development marks the fifth major collaboration between HUB and Bridges Ventures, a specialist sustainable and social impact investor. In order to complement and enhance the existing townscape, the positioning of the four residential blocks has been carefully considered in the context of the site, whilst also maximising and enhancing the area and quality of the landscaped public realm space. Alongside housing for sale and rent, the development will include around 1,200 sq. m. of employment, retail and commercial space. The vision for the site will help to create a positive, lasting social impact, by facilitating the creation of a mixed community within the area, with new homes, jobs, leisure, retail, cultural activities and social infrastructure.
As part of the planning process HUB have undertaken a wide ranging and extensive public consultation, having spoken individually to some 1200 local residents about their hopes for the development. HUB have also committed to continual engagement throughout the development process around jobs, learning opportunities, and opportunities to get involved with the design of elements of The Queen’s Gardens. Work is due to commence on-site as soon as full planning permission has been granted.
Steve Sanham, Managing Director of HUB said: “We know this site has a history and importance to Croydon, and we take that very seriously. The proposals we’re making today are the culmination of a lot of thought by some very creative designers, and some serious engagement with the local community. We’re looking forward to moving forward with this key development.”
David Schlegel, Investment Director of Bridges Ventures, said: “We are excited to work with HUB on the revitalisation of the Taberner House site. We look forward to creating high-quality housing that appeals to a broad range of potential tenants – whilst also playing a key part in the regeneration of central Croydon.”