A scheme to deliver 514 new homes on the site of the former Taberner House has been approved by Croydon Council’s planning committee.
The revitalisation of Queen’s Gardens also form part of the approved scheme which will be delivered by HUB and social impact investor Bridges Ventures.
Steve Sanham, managing director of HUB, said: “There’s a fundamental belief at HUB in the importance not only of delivering sustainable developments, but doing whatever we can to ensure that those developments respect, and talk to the communities that already exist in an area.
“We took the time to talk to local people, lots of people, we researched the long history of the site, and developed a proposal for Taberner House and The Queen’s Gardens, which we are very happy, has been given the blessing of the council. We are very much looking forward to putting a spade in the ground.”
The homes, of which 179 will be affordable, will be within four buildings ranging from 13 to 35 storeys in height.
At ground-floor level they will offer 13,000 sq ft of retail and office space while the site will also feature a play area and pavilion space. The newly-landscaped Queen Gardens will include a new east-west route to encourage people to walk around the town centre.
The developers have engaged Stirling Prize winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Grant Associates to design the buildings and landscaping.
Shifa Mustafa, the council’s executive director for place, said: “This is an exciting and ambitious scheme to regenerate a key town centre site, delivering more than 500 much-needed new homes, many of which will be affordable.
“I’m also delighted that The Queen’s Gardens, a valued oasis in our town centre, will be revitalised as a stunning new, high-quality public space with a community café and play area.
The developers have engaged with the community from the outset regarding what they would like to see on the site, so local people have really helped shape the plans.
“Taberner House was always an important part of the Croydon panorama and the exceptional design of this development means once again, this will be a site for Croydon to be proud of.”
The site was home to council headquarters Taberner House from 1967 until 2013, when employees moved into the adjacent Bernard Weatherill House and the site was earmarked for regeneration. Taberner House was demolished in 2015.