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Developers promising new landmark for Purley

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Architects behind a 17-storey development in Purley say their tower will be a landmark for the town.

Proposals for the 114-home Mosaic Place development have caused controversy locally as it is three times higher than any other building in the district centre.

The red and brown brick scheme is earmarked for a brownfield site between Russell Hill Road, Russell Hill Parade and Brighton Road and would include a replacement for Purley Baptist Church’s existing building on the site.

Andrew Cadey, director of Proctor and Matthews, told Architects Journal the scheme responded to a complex brief from Thornsett Group, who are acting on behalf of the church.

“Together we have produced a generous scheme that brings a wide range of uses to the site, provides much-needed new homes, improves the public realm, and creates an elegant new landmark for Purley,” he said.

The scheme will occupy the only site earmarked for a tall tower in the Purley area under Croydon Council’s local plan.