Croydon picks seven winners for £300 million resi framework

A residential development company set up by Croydon Council has appointed seven contractors to a three-year framework to deliver more than 1,000 new homes.

The award by the Brick by Brick development company is worth at least £300 million to the winners. The winning firms are: Buxton Building Contractors, Dawnus Construction, Kind & Company, Henry Construction Projects, Neilcott Construction, Osborne, and Quinn (London).


Festival of Light to light up Thornton Heath

Thornton Heath is set to host elements of the London Lumiere lighting festival on Saturday 27 January.

For one day only Trumble Gardens on Brigstock Road will be transformed into an illuminated wonderland at the first Thornton Heath Festival of Light, with pieces on display that will previously have been a part of the famous Lumiere event. Performances on the evening will include spoken word, dance, and music.


Businesses vote in favour of New Addington BID renewal

The council has welcomed the decision by local businesses to back New Addington Business Improvement District (BID) for another five years.

The motion of support for New Addington BID followed a ballot by the council’s electoral services and this morning it was announced 81.48 percent of businesses that voted, did so in favour of the proposed second term. New Addington BID, also known as the Central Parade Business Partnership, is the smallest BID in the UK and was established in 2012. It is formed by all the shops based in Central Parade, businesses in Salcot Crescent, the market and council owned buildings. The businesses’ ‘yes’ vote secures approximately £30,000 of funding through a levy raised by the BID, which is invested to drive economic growth in the area.


Green light for world’s tallest modular tower in Croydon

Croydon planners have given the green light for a twin-tower scheme of build-to-rent flats that will become the world’s tallest offsite scheme.

Tide Construction, with funding from investor Greystar, is planning to build the 44 and 38-storey scheme on the former Essex House site near to East Croydon station. The 546-flat towers scheme, drawn up by HT Design, will be worth over £150 million and will be a trailblazer for modular construction methods. Presently, the tallest prefabricated building in the world is a 32-storey block in New York.


Festive events to bring Christmas cheer to Surrey Street Market

Two festive events are planned to spread Christmas cheer at Surrey Street’s Sunday market this month.

Little Canada is to return to the market on Sunday 10 December, with their Quebec Winter Carnival. The event celebrates 123 years of the annual carnival and will see a range of market traders and activities bring a taste of a Canadian Christmas to Croydon. Among the offerings will be handmade Christmas ornaments and hand crafted Canadian themed trinkets, hot waffles smothered in maple syrup and fresh cream, Canadian beers, cocktails and wine and brandy, as well as hot chocolate, butter tarts and pecan pie. Visitors will be able to have their picture taken with the famous Bonhomme de Neige who has been the official mascot of the carnival since 1955, while also enjoying face painting and live music, including a performance from a gospel choir. The event will take place between noon and 7pm.


Now’s the time to show support for Croydon’s bid for London Borough of Culture 2019

Croydon’s bid to be London’s first ‘Borough of Culture’ has been delivered to the Mayor of London and, if successful, promises a huge range of new festivals and events for 2019.

With the title and the £1.1 million that comes with it, Croydon has committed to staging over twenty new events and projects. These would be supplemented by many more which would be funded both from the award itself and also from other sponsorship and support that has already been pledged. In total it is expected that well over £2.5 million would be available throughout the year. The announcement of which borough will take the award will be made in February 2018, and, between now and the end of judging, local people are being asked to keep voting on-line and showing their support on social media using the hashtag #Croydon2019.


Getting ready to bid for London Borough of Culture 2019

Croydon’s bid to be named London Borough of Culture for 2019 will be submitted to the Mayor of London at the start of December.

If successful, the council will receive more than £1m to boost the borough’s cultural offer over the year. With the Fairfield Halls reopening at the end of 2018, following its £30m modernisation, the award would ensure the year will be packed full of high-quality events.


CoStar Analysis: Spotlight on Croydon

Following the Mayor of London’s approval of Guildhouse Rosepride’s One Lansdowne development in Croydon—as reported by CoStar News this week—CoStar reviews the changing fortunes of the London borough.

Historically an unloved part of south London, Croydon has worked hard to shed its undesirable image in recent years. The borough is in the midst of an ambitious £5.25 billion regeneration project aimed at enhancing its economy and infrastructure. It has attracted significant inward investment over the last few years that has fuelled increasing demand for office space, as reflected in its first-place ranking in the 2016 CoStar 50 Occupier Activity Index *.


Mayor of London gives green light to 68-storey skyscraper in Croydon town centre

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.


Up to 7,000 new jobs and 1,000 new homes for Croydon as town centre redevelopment approved

The transformation of Croydon town centre will begin in 2019 bringing with it up to 7,000 new jobs for local people and 1,000 new homes.

The £1.4 billion redevelopment proposal for the Whitgift Shopping Centre by the Croydon Partnership – the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson – was this evening unanimously given the green light by members of the council’s planning committee. As well as thousands of construction jobs, the exciting mixed use scheme will bring with it thousands of other roles in over 300 shops, restaurants, cafés and leisure facilities including a multi-screen cinema and bowling alley which will cement Croydon’s reputation as one of the best destinations in the capital to live, work and play.