This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 10/05/2018.
Huge new tower block to be built in Croydon town centre
Plans to build two new blocks – one reaching 24 storeys high – consisting of nearly 200 homes in Croydon town centre have been approved by Croydon Council.
The council has given planning permission for Telereal Trillium, one of the UK’s largest property companies, to start work on a new, residential-led regeneration development on Dingwall Road.
The project will involve 181 new homes being built across two towers of 9 storeys and 24 storeys, plus a flexible commercial space on the ground, first and second floors which could include a new restaurant, café or bar.
The homes will include 88 one-bed apartments, 81 two-bed apartments and 12 three-bed apartments.
The developer submitted the planning application in December 2017 after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced it would be vacating the Croydon town centre job centre branch on Dingwall Road.
By the end of May the job centre, which is in the building for this new development, will be moved to Croydon Council ’s base, Bernard Weatherhill House, on Mint Walk.
The remaining job centres in Thornton Heath and Purely will remain open, however, with some of the Dingwall Road’s staff members relocating to Thornton Heath.
Duncan Brisbane, development director at Telereal Trillium, believes the scheme will be a “fantastic addition” to an ever-changing and growing town centre.
He said: “Telereal Trillium endeavours to work closely with local councils to produce high quality plans that will enhance existing areas and are sensitive to their surroundings.
“We feel that this development will be a fantastic addition to Croydon offering homes for new and existing residents, and new facilities for the existing community.
“We look forward to turning these plans into reality in the near future.”
While the development is car-free, it will create eight disabled car parking spaces, as well as a secure cycle storage unit.
There are also plans to create private and communal outdoor spaces as part of the scheme, including a courtyard and rooftop gardens.
When the Advertiser contacted Telereal Trillium to ask when work on the development is due to start, a spokesman for the company said a date is yet to be finalised.
The site of the development is surrounded on all sides by a number of significant developments which are anticipated to be built or completed in the years ahead, including Ruskin Square, theOne Landsdowne 68-storey skyscraper and Morello II on the other side of the East Croydon station.