The proposed redevelopment of the site of former Croydon Council HQ, Taberner House, has taken a further step forward with the presentation of plans by developers HUB and investors Bridges Ventures.
Occupying a prominent site in the heart of Croydon, adjacent to the historic town hall and opposite the proposed redevelopment of Fairfield Halls and College Green, the site including the adjoining Queens Gardens has been subject to considerable public scrutiny given the nature of the land being formerly owned by the London Borough of Croydon.
The proposals were unveiled at a well-attended final public consultation in January, and over 1,200 people have been consulted on the plans in total prior to application. The scheme, which will be submitted for planning at the end of February, includes the construction of 514 apartments across four separate buildings, ranging in height from 13 to 35 storeys.
The developers undertook a widespread public consultation with participants from a range of social and economic backgrounds, which has helped shape the detail of the development. This includes a mixture of homes available for sale and rent, a targeted minimum of 30% of homes earmarked as affordable and a diversity of unit sizes intended to appeal to different family sizes, from one to three bedrooms.
The development also remains sensitive to Queens Gardens, with the plans incorporating a range of improvements to the park including a new café and play area, as well as improved pedestrian access and the retention of key historical features, such as the Victorian railings originally constructed for the long defunct Croydon Central station.
Steve Sanham, managing director of Hub, said: “‘The opportunity, and responsibility, to deliver the regeneration of this key site is huge – we don’t take it lightly.
“Badly needed homes across a variety of tenures, buzzy commercial space at ground floor, and a reimagined park are all set to come together to make this important green space in the centre of Croydon come to life again.
“We’ve been working hard with the local community, and with the council to ensure voices are heard, and key themes are explained. We can’t wait to get on site.”
The application replaces the previous consent granted to Croydon Council in 2014.
For more about the Hub’s scheme visit http://hubgroup.co.uk/projects/taberner-house/
Author: Tom Lickley