This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 03/08/2018.
Yet another giant tower block is going to be built in Croydon
It will be home to 92 apartments, all of which are classed as affordable housing.
Another enormous tower block has been given planning permission to be built in the heart of Croydon.
The 26-storey tower block, which will become one of the town’s tallest buildings, will be built in the place of Cambridge House on Wellesley Road.
Cambridge House is currently a four-storey office block but it will demolished to make way for a far bigger replacement.
Notting Hill Genesis, the housing provider in charge of the new build, estimates the new building will be complete by 2020.
It will be home to 92 apartments, all of which will be “affordable”.
A Notting Hill Genesis spokesperson said: “Our plans for Cambridge House will provide 100 per cent affordable housing through shared ownership with an expected completion date of 2020.
“The site benefits from excellent transport links into central London, which we will enhance by working with TfL to improve pedestrian access around the existing tram stop.”
This is just one of a host of tower blocks which are set to spring up in Croydon over the next few years.
Plans have been approved for a 25-storey tower block to be built on the Wandle Road car park, which would contain 128 homes.
Two tower blocks have been approved for Dingwall Road, one of which would be 24 storeys high and the other nine storeys high.
Proposals for a 36-storey tower block in Edridge Road are in the early stages of being developed.
There are also plans for two tower blocks of 21 and 19 storeys tall in the High Street around Leon House.
A trio of towers, of 21, 20 and nine storeys, are set to be built close to East Croydon station, in Addiscombe Grove, providing 151 new homes.
Developers Menta and Redrow have been given permission to create 445 new homes in twin 25-storey towers – known as Morello North and Morello South – on Cherry Orchard Road.
All of these skyscrapers would be dwarfed, however, by the One Lansdowne tower block.
The skyscraper on Lansdowne Road has been approved and would be 68 storeys tall – making it Britain’s second tallest building.
The architects who have drawn up the plans for the new Wellesley Road tower block in place of Cambridge House, BPTW, say the “tight nature” of the site means that 80 per cent of the new homes will be dual or triple aspect, meaning there will be windows on two or three sides.
Matthew Cornwall-Jones, technical and planning director at Notting Hill Genesis said: “With [the new] Cambridge House we sought to deliver a high quality and carefully considered scheme which will positively contribute to the ongoing rejuvenation of Croydon and provides contemporary homes for the area.”