Croydon never stays the same and constant reinvention is part of the borough’s unique identity.
The borough has been continually transformed throughout its history with once unthinkable buildings becoming treasured landmarks. New developments are due to continue in 2018 with the face of Croydon once again set to change. There are plans for an enormous shopping centre, bringing thousands of jobs, for skycrapers which will rival One Canada Square, new flats and a great move for motorists. Croydon cannot be accused of a lack of ambition as impressive designs have been released which show a vision for the future of the borough. Here are a list of major projects set to make their mark on the borough’s ever-changing identity.
Perhaps nothing will change the appearance of Croydon town centre more than the long-awaited Westfield development. The £1.4 billion development will include a new flagship Marks and Spencer store, as well as another currently unknown anchor store, and an increase of 45,000 square feet of retail space over what is currently on the Whitgift Centre site, which will be totally remodelled. There will also be significant investment and up to 7,000 anticipated jobs to be brought to Croydon by the development.
One Lansdowne skyscraper
A truly enormous 68-storey skyscraper is set to tower over Croydon as the green light was given on the One Lansdowne development. Work on the huge project, delivered by Guildhose 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 an expected finishing date of 2022. 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.”
East Croydon micro-flats
A trio of towers is set to be built close to East Croydon station, providing 15 new homes. A tall building with three connecting blocks – one with nine-storeys, one with 20-storeys and another with 21-storeys – will be constructed on Addiscombe Grove. The flats – 112 one-bedroom, 39 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom – will be built and managed by Pocket, which specialises in small apartments for first-time buyers.
Selhurst Park revamp
Close to the hearts of all Palace fans, the home of the Eagles could be in line for major redevelopment. Chairman Steve Parish has long sought to give fans a “stadium to be proud of” with the preference to keep the team playing inside Croydon and avoiding relocation. Although in the early stages of discussions with Croydon Council, the plans include expanding the Main Stand. With the current stadium having a capacity of just under 26,000, Parish has previously said he would like to see that increased to around the 40,000 mark – certainly an imposing Premier League ground to be proud of. Plans will be submitted to Croydon Council in January and, subject to planning permission being granted, work would begin in the next 12 months.
The complex junction can be nothing short of a nightmare for drivers at times, and there are plans to make life easier for motorists. Simplifying the intersection is another major development that we could see in 2018. Plans involve moving the road bridge over the railway line from Waddon station to the west so that Purley Way can be straightened and widened. Denning Avenue would also be moved northwards, so that it forms a second crossroads with Stafford Road – which would mean shorter waiting times at Fiveways, because there would be one fewer traffic light sequences. The A23 (Purley Way) would be widened, so that it has three lanes northbound and southbound in places, while Epsom Road would be made two-way. There would also be more than 300 metres of new segregated cycle lanes along Epsom Road, the A232 and Purley Way, as well as stopping areas for bikes at every junction.