The Fair Field (College Green) masterplan aims to turn Croydon College, Fairfield Halls and the surrounding College Green area into one of London’s leading cultural and educational destinations.
The first phase of the plans would see the construction of a state-of-the-art college, bringing new facilities for all of Croydon College’s faculties including for the renowned school of art, on the Barclay Road Annex site.
Complementing this, the neighbouring Fairfield Halls will be transformed into a modern concert and events venue, designed to attract world-class acts and become the focal point for Croydon’s creative and cultural scene.
The venue’s 1,800 seat Concert Hall will retain its acoustic integrity, but will be fully refurbished to include new seating and modernised backstage and servicing areas. The rest of the 1962 building, including the 755 seat Ashcroft Theatre, will be refurbished to contain flexible performance and arts spaces.
A new mezzanine-level restaurant is also planned, alongside bar and seating areas on the ground floor leading to outside areas on the transformed College Green public square. An art gallery will be incorporated into part of the existing basement car park.
The wider plans for College Green will see the construction of hundreds of new homes of a mix of tenures and new shops and restaurants.
New pedestrian paths and squares will be created, linking the area to East Croydon station, the town centre, Surrey Street and the wider borough.
The project team includes Rick Mather Architects, a practice known for its work on the Royal Festival Hall in central London and the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, and local consultants Mott MacDonald.
More details are available here.