Croydon is to become home to a world-famous landmark after Guildhouse Rosepride secured approval from the borough’s planning committee for its groundbreaking One Lansdowne development.
Two towers of 68 and 41 storeys – linked by an 11-storey podium structure – the Guildhouse Rosepride development will become the second tallest building in Britain – behind The Shard.
Members of Croydon Council’s planning committee last night voted unanimously to approve the ambitious scheme which, peaking at 236 metres high, will be taller than Canary Wharf and only eclipsed by The Shard, which is 95 floors and 310 metres.
Subject to the plans being signed off by the Mayor of London, One Lansdowne will feature 794 residential units, 35,000 sq m of premium office space, retail, a swimming pool and gym, a bar, restaurant and public viewing gallery offering panoramic views across the capital and Surrey.
All this will be located directly opposite the new £1.4billion retail destination being delivered by Westfield and Hammerson and a few minutes’ walk from both East and West Croydon railway stations.
“With the highest bar and restaurant in London and a viewing gallery open to the public, this really puts Croydon on the map,” said David Hudson, chief executive of Guildhouse Rosepride.
“The great challenge for Croydon is to change perceptions and this scheme will help it to become a destination in its own right. This will help to achieve that because, in my opinion, it will be a world-famous building.”
It is hoped that work will begin on demolishing the existing buildings on the site by next summer and the estimated build time is just under five years.
Among the much-needed homes being delivered there will be 125 studio flats, 318 one-bedroom units, 279 two-bedroom units, 64 three-bedroom units and eight four-bedroom units with 21 per cent earmarked as affordable homes.
The Grade A office space is also a welcome addition to the town’s offering at a time when the HMRC have just moved into a regional centre on the nearby Ruskin Square site.
Mr Hudson added: “The only other major office scheme being planned in Croydon is the one being provided by Stanhope Schroders. Croydon is a great commercial location, there is currently a lack of Grade A space so we are very optimistic that our scheme will attract major new employers from central London.
“One Lansdowne will also very much be part of the community with retail and leisure at ground level and the bar and restaurant on the upper floors as well as the public viewing gallery.”
Having identified the potential of the site at One Lansdowne Road, Guildhouse and Rosepride teamed up in 2005 and brought forward the vision of renowned architect Piers Gough of CZWG Architects to secure planning permission for a tower on the site in 2012.
Using the expertise of tower construction experts China Building Technique Group Company, following an introduction from the London & Partners initiative – the Mayor of London’s promotional vehicle – an even more ambitious scheme was brought forward, facilitating increased height in the development.
Once signed off by the Mayor of London, Guildhouse Rosepride will complete the funding package by bringing in a joint venture partner.
Mr Hudson added: “Piers Gough is one of the great post-war English architects and it is very rare for a project of this scale to receive more letters of support than letters of objection.
“You will see it from Piccadilly to Brighton. So for just two people to object to is pretty remarkable.”