The Growth Zone is a partnership between Central Government, Croydon Council, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to finance and deliver a major regeneration programme, at a cost of £500m, which will facilitate growth in central Croydon.
Transport, health services, schools, public realm and technology are all part of projects designed to support regeneration and the needs of Croydon’s rapidly growing population, while ensuring the town centre continues to thrive and be enjoyed during the works.
Digital infrastructure and smart technology are at the heart of growth in Croydon. We are working with partners to ensure we are ready for the anticipated increase in service demand that growth will bring, to support our economy and the needs of businesses. The council recently ran the Croydon iStreet competition, in collaboration with the Architects’ Journal, to find an innovative way of transforming Croydon’s public realm with beautiful design and interactive tech. The winner is a team including architects vPPR and design agency Twelve Studio whose Halo concept (pictured) acts as a wayfinding device as well as a stage for performances. Embarking on the creation of a Smart City, Croydon will become more liveable and resilient and better able to respond to new challenges, by making the best use of technology and creating the foundations for a forward thinking, sustainable economy.
Travel & transport
With record numbers expected to be using Croydon’s roads and public transport, schemes to improve the roads, bus, tram and train networks will increase capacity and reliability, making it quicker and easier to move around the borough. These developments will lead to safer roads that are pedestrian and cyclist friendly. New cycling facilities, charging points for electric vehicles and car clubs will make Croydon one of the most sustainable town centres.
There are more than 95 primary and 21 secondary schools in Croydon; almost all of which are judged to be good or outstanding by Ofsted. Over the last few years many schools have seen permanent expansions – all part of the council’s multi-million pound school-building programme, which is the largest in the country. The next five years will see the construction of five additional schools, providing 6,000 extra places by 2020/21 and a total investment of £304 million.