Croydon needs to bring forward as much commercial space as possible in support of the borough’s vision of becoming a great place to live, work and spend leisure time.
Jo Negrini, chief executive of Croydon Council, has welcomed the findings of CoStar magazine which identified the town as the most sought-after office location in the UK.
The recently completed One Ruskin Square on Stanhope & Schroders’ new mixed use scheme was quickly snapped up by HMRC and now Ms Negrini is challenging developers to include office space in their schemes rather than just focusing on 100 per cent residential to help meet demand from central London and government occupiers who see south London as a more viable option.
“There’s an issue for us now about Grade A commercial so I’m looking at all the developers in the room – we need more Grade A,” she told the Brunch on the Beach organised by Develop Croydon at MIPIM 2017.
“HMRC are moving in in the next couple of months, they are already in fitting it out on the Ruskin Square development, we’ve had word from government that another 3,500 staff are moving from central London into Croydon.
“What we want is to try and get as much development with commercial as possible at the moment because that’s going to be the thing that really impact on how we bring forward all of our development.”