Author: Croydon Urban Edge

Lord Sugar’s beauty brand takes 25,000 sq. ft. in Croydon

Tropic Skincare, the beauty company co-owned by Lord Sugar and former The Apprentice contestant Susie Ma, has signed up for 25,000 sq. ft. at Beddington Lane Industrial Estate in Croydon.

The two recently-refurbished units, owned by LaSalle Investment Management, will house Tropic Skincare’s growing team and production operation, as well as providing space for the company to grow. SHW Business Space and JLL were joint agents on the deal. Availability for warehouse and logistics space in Croydon is sub-3%, according to data from SHW.

Source: Property Week

Compulsory Purchase Orders served to secure remaining Whitgift land and interests

A further step towards the commencement of Croydon’s £1.4billion retail development has been achieved following the delivery of formal notices to affected premises under the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).

This week Croydon Council issued notices to landowners and other affected parties that the CPO process was to begin, which enables the land acquisition process to complete and secures the rights needed for construction of the new development.  This then allows the Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson which is developing the project, to take possession of the site during 2019. The anticipated centre opening is 2023.


Pocket Living enters shared ownership sector with Optivo collaboration

Affordable housing developer Pocket Living has teamed up housing association Optivo to enter the shared ownership sector by sharing accommodation within its Addiscombe Grove scheme in East Croydon.

The 21-storey tower, which contains 100% affordable housing and is located near East Croydon train station, will now contain 112 one-bedroom apartments delivered by Pocket and 41 shared ownership apartments delivered by Optivo. The scheme is set to complete in March 2020 after Croydon Council’s planning committee gave the development unanimous consent in November 2017 following an increase in the affordable housing offer from 12% to 100%.


Council decision moves Croydon’s £1.4 billion retail development another step closer

Croydon’s £1.4 billion retail development moved another step closer last night as a council decision gave the green light for Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) to acquire the remaining land for the development.

Cabinet members approved a report which paves the way for the developers, a joint venture between Unbail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson known as The Croydon Partnership, to purchase the remaining land needed to build the new world-class shopping centre in the heart of Croydon. With over 300 shops, including a brand new John Lewis department store with a Waitrose supermarket and a brand new M&S; restaurants, cafés; leisure facilities and a multi-screen cinema complex, this ambitious development will form a key part of Croydon’s overall £5.25 billionn regeneration . It will also create around 1,000 new homes and 7,000 new jobs in Croydon’s town centre.


Brick by Brick gets go-ahead for 25-storey Croydon resi-led scheme

Croydon Council’s development company Brick by Brick has secured planning permission for a 25-storey mixed-use scheme that will deliver 128 homes above flexible office, retail and leisure space in Croydon town centre.

The residential-led regeneration scheme of one to three-bedroom homes, 50% of which will be either affordable rent or shared ownership, will be built on the site of the council-owned Wandle Road car park next to the Croydon Flyover. Commercial space on the lower floors will accommodate publicly-accessible facilities such a café and gym. The development also includes provision for 10 disabled car parking spaces, as well as secure storage space for 214 bikes. For the residents, a communal roof garden on the 22nd floor will provide amenity space.


Croydon welcomes John Lewis to town centre as part of £1.4 billion retail development

Croydon Council has welcomed a commitment by the John Lewis Partnership to be an anchor in the £1.4 billionn redevelopment of The Whitgift Shopping Centre.

The retail giant today (31 May) confirmed that they will open a new 165,000 sq. ft., four-level John Lewis department store with a Waitrose supermarket on the ground floor in Croydon’s new world-class retail and leisure centre. Work is set to start on this exciting project – a joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson known as The Croydon Partnership – in 2019, transforming Croydon’s town centre with over 300 shops, including a brand new M&S; restaurants, cafés; leisure facilities and a multi-screen cinema complex, while creating up to 7,000 jobs for local people and 1,000 new homes. (more…)

Work is now under way on the Taberner House site to bring hundreds of affordable homes to Croydon’s town centre

Construction work is now under way at the former Taberner House site, bringing closer to reality a stunning new development which will provide hundreds of new homes in Croydon’s town centre.

Formerly home to the council offices, the site will provide 513 homes within four buildings ranging from 13-35 storeys, with a mix of affordable, for sale and rental units, as well as new public realm, a children’s play space and a new café. At least 40 per cent of the units will be designated as affordable. Croydon Council leader Tony Newman was on site to break ground as construction work began on this major regeneration project. He was joined by Steve Sanham, managing director of residential developer HUB, who are delivering the scheme in collaboration with social impact investor Bridges Fund Management. The buildings have been designed by Stirling Prize winning architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, with Grant Associates working on the landscaping.


Ground-breaking ceremony for Croydon’s £6.5 million state-of-the-art youth zone

A ground-breaking ceremony today marked the start of building work for Croydon’s new £6.5 million state-of-the-art Legacy youth zone.

The Leader of Croydon Council joined other project funders at the Selhurst site this afternoon to witness a giant 10-foot spade kick-starting the development. They were also joined by members of the Legacy young people’s development group who have played an important role in planning the new youth zone. The zone, which is being developed by charity OnSide with a £3.25 million contribution from Croydon Council towards construction costs, will offer a fantastic range of activities for young people aged to 18 (or up to 25 with additional needs) in first-class facilities. They will include a four-court sports hall, 3G kick-pitch, fitness suite and martial arts area, as well as art, music, drama, cookery, enterprise and employability opportunities. Membership will cost just £5 a year and 50p a session.


Green light for East Croydon station resi-led redevelopment

Joint venture partners Menta and housebuilder Redrow have received planning permission to develop a major new infrastructure and residential-led regeneration scheme which will create a new station entrance to East Croydon Station.

Morello II will deliver 445 new homes including 107 new affordable homes as the latest phase of the Morello masterplan which has already delivered more than 330 new homes as part of the regeneration of the area around the UK’s second busiest railway station. The development will also complete the public East Croydon bridge link that will connect the Addiscombe area of the town through the Morello II development on Cherry Orchard Road into East Croydon station. It will also add further community and public realm to support the recently developed landscaped ‘café culture’ public piazza, flexible community and small business space next to East Croydon train station.


New bar Art and Craft has opened in Surrey Street

A new bar has opened in Surrey Street and it is even serving a bit of bubbly on tap.

Serving up a “constantly rotating range of craft beers and ciders” Art and Craft officially opened today (April 18) following a year-long refurbishment of the old Croydon Advertiser building. But it isn’t just the booze that owners Tom Talbot and Bradley Ridge hope will attract the customers. The inside is scattered with pieces of art from Banksy Damien Hirst and Lucas Price.