The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson, is committed to investing over £1.4 billion to redevelop Croydon’s retail town centre. The upgraded plans for the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre received outline planning from the London Borough of Croydon late last year, while Sadiq Kahn, Mayor of London, gave the development the green light in January.
The approvals are a major boost for Croydon and a significant step forward for the Partnership’s plans to create one of the UK’s top 10 shopping and entertainment destinations. The plans include over 1.5 million sq ft of retail and leisure space, along with almost 1,000 new homes. The project will create up to 7,000 new jobs and will continue to stimulate the town’s ongoing regeneration.
The enhanced plans include the addition of a third level of retail and restaurants, the incorporation of the Green Park House office site, which was acquired by the Croydon Partnership in February 2016; allowing for better integration with West Croydon, improved public realm on Poplar Walk, as well as the delivery of a new flagship Marks & Spencer store. A new covered 24/7 public walkway, the East-West Galleria, will improve connectivity within the town.