Redevelopment to deliver 400 new homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
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Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of a 1960s office block in Croydon town centre, that will deliver approximately 420 new homes.
Taberner House, the former headquarters of Croydon Council, is being redeveloped as part of the council's £450 million regeneration plan for the borough and will comprise five new buildings in conjunction with the protection and enhancement of the neighbouring Queen’s Gardens.
Work on the site is expected to begin in December, with phase one, for which The Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle (CCURV) has exchanged a conditional contract with Essential Living, providing 230 private rented sector units in a 32-storey tower.
Places for People will be developing the remainder of the scheme, which will add approximately 220 flexible tenure units in four lower rise pavilion blocks.
Jo Negrini, executive director of development and environment for Croydon Council, said: “This is a really exciting planning decision for Croydon and another high quality development for a prime site in our town centre – one that will provide much needed new housing with fantastic transport links, within easy reach of London, the South East and all that Croydon has to offer in terms of retail and leisure.
"Taberner House was an iconic building, its tower forming part of the town’s skyline for the last few decades but no longer cost effective. Last year the council replaced this and other outdated buildings with a much more efficient headquarters, freeing up this important site to meet housing demand.
"I’m particularly pleased that the high quality design will be in keeping with the future face of Croydon as it transforms over the next few years, with major regeneration projects coming to the town centre, including the £1bn Westfield/Hammerson redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre.
"Croydon’s network of streets and public spaces is also being redesigned and upgraded through the £50 m Connected Croydon programme, supported by the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund and this development will be at the heart of all this. So this is another really important milestone for Croydon.”
Taberner House is CCURV’s fourth scheme following Bernard Weatherill House, the Waddon Leisure and Housing Scheme and Lion Green Road Car Park in Coulsdon. Croydon Council staff vacated Taberner House and moved into Bernard Weatherill House in September 2013.
Jayne McGivern, CCURV chair, said: “This is a very important milestone for the redevelopment of Taberner House and The Queens Gardens.
"Taberner House has reached the end of its economic life and its redevelopment will deliver significant value uplift for Croydon Council and help meet the significant demand for housing within commuting distance of London. Our proposals for the sites have been designed sensitively, with a focus on high quality architecture that will create homes to rent and buy in mid-Croydon, whilst protecting and enhancing The Queen’s Gardens to ensure their long term use by the Croydon community.”