Journey begins for Cherry Orchard Road as plans submitted to Croydon Council
Menta, the urban regeneration company, has submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Croydon for 750,000 sq ft of development on its East Croydon Station site.
The application, for a major mixed-use scheme designed by architects Make comprises a significant 54 storey residential tower, shops, community facilities, small business units and a hotel, and is seen as the anchor to the East Croydon masterplan which is set to deliver over 2.5million sq ft of development and major infrastructure improvements for Croydon. Network Rail and the Council have already committed significant station funding and are set to commence development in the area from 2012.
The proposals comprise: two residential buildings, including a 54-storey tower, providing a total of 499 homes including a proportion of social/shared-ownership housing and separate family housing units; a 165-bed 4-star ‘boutique’ hotel with 22 luxury serviced apartments adjacent to the proposed East-West bridge across the railway tracks; and 6,600 sq m of ‘Grade A’ start-up office accommodation to encourage local business growth and further inward investment.
Concepts for the site also include community amenities such as a 530 sq m community centre, shops, independent retailers, cafes, bars and restaurants. Significant public realm improvements will also be made, extending beyond the boundary of the site and including Cherry Orchard Square – a generous public space enabling easy and safe access to the proposed East-West Bridge.
Ken Shuttleworth of Make said: “Our mixed use scheme reflects the bold ambitions of Croydon, and sits with the borough’s masterplan for the station and its environs.” It is hoped that the planning application will be considered by the London Borough of Croydon in July 2011. The planning consultants are GL Hearn.