Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given the go-ahead for a 68-storey skyscraper in Croydon town centre.
After the council’s planning committee unanimously approved the One Lansdowne development – a double tower skyscraper – the scheme just needed Mr Khan to sign it off. Mr Khan has now enabled the Section 106 to be signed off, and the formal consent has been issued for 794 homes, office space, a health club with a swimming pool, and retail shops. It will mean work on the huge project, delivered by Guildhouse Rosepride in conjunction with the China Building Technique Group, can begin in 2018. The developers expect work to begin at the site at 1 to 5 Lansdowne Road by next summer, with a finishing date of 2022 as a goal.
David Hudson, Chief Executive of Guildhouse UK, said: “Peaking at 288 metres high, One Lansdowne will be visible from Piccadilly to Brighton, and will be a world-class building which really puts Croydon on the map.” He added: “We are grateful for the trust being placed in us both by the London Borough of Croydon and the Greater London Authority to deliver this scheme.”
Richard Plant, Chairman of Develop Croydon, said: “To have such exciting architecture from a real visionary like Piers Gough featuring in a landmark development that will be seen for miles around is a real coup for Croydon. Guildhouse Rosepride spotted the unique location between East Croydon station and the Whitgift Centre, where Westfield and Hammerson’s new £1.4 billion will stand, and it will be great to see the potential of this site maximised in such a way. The One Lansdowne development will provide a remarkable centrepiece for the regeneration of Croydon.”