London's Tallest Residential Tower To Be Built In Croydon?

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 87 months ago
London's Tallest Residential Tower To Be Built In Croydon?

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Ah, Croydon: that urban blank slate upon which a developer's quixotic dreams can be drawn. Emerging relatively unscathed from its mid-Noughties flirtation with becoming the Manhattan of Britain, there are some fresh new schemes being hatched.

Take, for instance, this tower by architect Make, part of the long-planned Cherry Orchard Road project, one of the plans that inspired the Manhattan comparisons in the first place. The latest iteration of the scheme, which was cancelled but is now on the cards again, is led by this 53-storey, 171-metre building, which would overtake Strata as London's tallest residential block, and indeed narrowly beat Manchester's Beetham Tower to be the country's tallest.

The development, sited near East Croydon station and comprising the skyscraper and a smaller tower, would also include a hotel and office space.

Last Updated 09 November 2010

zefrog

Ah but if it has a hotel and offices, it's not just a residential building, is it?

Tomtiredoflondon

Even more reason for President Sarkozy to look to Croydon as a model for the future of Paris.

M@

Hmm, looks quite novel - as thought some of the corner elements can slide up and down. Is that the only image available? Be good to see it from other angles.

zefrog

Ah but if it has a hotel and offices, it's not just a residential building, is it?

DeanN

From what I understand, the hotel and offices would be in the smaller tower, and the taller one would be overwhelmingly dedicated to accommodation.

Tomtiredoflondon

Even more reason for President Sarkozy to look to Croydon as a model for the future of Paris.

DeanN

From that Sun article:
"He is impressed by buildings like Croydon's Whitgift Centre and NLA Tower."
Great Scott! What a terrifying prospect. Haussmann will be spinning in his tomb.

M@

Hmm, looks quite novel - as thought some of the corner elements can slide up and down. Is that the only image available? Be good to see it from other angles.

DeanN

There's another pic on the This Is Croydon page, but it's of the smaller tower. Even the architect's website doesn't have any images (in fact the only stuff it has on the project dates from the aborted 2005 plans, which doesn't bode well).

Larry

the problem with all these new builds around Cr0 is that nobody has done anything about making the roads twice as wide so people can drive and park their cars without having problems, i have been living in the California USA for the last 20 years and came back to my country to find all the roads are now smaller than they were with new bus and cycle lanes making driving anywhere a nightmare, maybe thats what they want a country with no private cars, you have to laugh at these idiots who are building. london is now a no go area for any private cars unless you have an extra couple of hours to add to your journey and this is the same with any other city around the UK. what these idiots don't understand is the people who drive the private cars are the one who have the money to pay for the country being what it is. generally speaking don't kid yourself.