Thanks to a £5.25bn regeneration programme, the economic heartland of south London will soon become a thriving, must-visit destination not just within the UK, but in Europe.
At the heart of these transformative plans will be a £1.5bn retail and leisure complex by Westfield/Hammerson, eight new hotels, more than 2m sq ft of Grade A office space and 8,000 new homes.
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With its focus on small independent retailers and eateries creating a unique shopping and dining experience, the first Boxpark in Shoreditch draws visitors from all over London, the UK and beyond. Now Boxpark is opening its second branch at the new Ruskin Square development, built from refitted shipping containers to offer a shopping experience like no other.
Less than half an hour by train to central London, with attractive local amenities and well-regarded schools, Coulsdon is a perfect commuter location for professionals and young families. Barratt Homes is currently undertaking a £200m scheme on the disused Cane Hill site to create Cane Park Hill; a stunning selection of almost 700 stylish new homes.
Over the next few years, Croydon’s two main shopping centres, Whitgift and Centrale, will be transformed into a world class retail and leisure destination, through the Croydon Partnership of Westfield and Hammerston.
The £1.5bn project will bring an outstanding retail, leisure and residential complex to the centre of Croydon, acting as a catalyst for the town’s wider regeneration.
As Croydon is transformed, Morello represents the new benchmark in stylish town centre living. Built on one of Croydon’s best known streets, Cherry Orchard Road, the development is a joint project between Menta and Redrow, featuring a 54-story residential tower, a hotel, 6000 sq m of Grade A offices, retail and community space plus significant enhancements to the surrounding public realm and train station.
Promising to become London’s newest and most iconic landmark, One Landsdowne Road is a breath-taking mixed use development comprising two stunning towers of 69 and 42 storeys. As well as featuring 917 apartments and 210,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, One Landsdowne Road will also boast a glass bottomed swimming pool and the capital’s highest bar and restaurant.
Step off the train at East Croydon into the new, regenerated town centre and Ruskin Square will be the first thing you see.
A 2m sq ft complex of offices, homes and shops – including the new Boxpark Croydon – Ruskin Square will create a vibrant, bustling atmosphere the moment you arrive, as well as providing an attractive new gateway into the rest of the reshaped town.
A key area within Croydon Council’s West Croydon Masterplan, St Michael’s Square is being developed by Barratt London, creating 232 new residential units within one 21-storey and one 25-storey building. As well as 850 sq m of retail space on the ground, pedestrian access to West Croydon station will also be improved, with improved views of the stunning, Grade I listed St Michael’s and All Angels Church.
Croydon is not just a place to live and work, but also to spend your leisure time. Its cultural offer has been greatly enhanced over the past few years, demonstrating the great sense of community which exists in the town. To build on this success, Croydon Council has just appointed Paula Murray as its new cultural director, ensuring regeneration is not just about shiny new buildings but about creating a new cultural capital for south London.
Croydon is historically the shopping capital of south London, a status set to be reinforced by the £1.4billion regeneration of the Whitgift Shopping Centre by the Croydon Partnership – an alliance of retail giants Westfield and Hammerson. There is a cluster of food and drink establishments to the south of the town centre, with a heady mix of fine dining restaurants, chains, fast food outlets, bars and pubs forming what has been rebranded Croydon Restaurant Quarter.
Croydon has unrivalled connectivity thanks to its high-speed rail links with Central London and Gatwick International Airport, as well as the capital’s only tram network. Regular train services connect us with the city, via London Bridge, and the West End, via Victoria, with journey times of around 15 minutes. And with Gatwick also just 15 minutes away and St Pancras, with its Eurostar services, just 35 minutes away via a direct service, Croydon’s location has international appeal.