This is the first image of what is set to become London’s tallest residential tower: a 53-storey skyscraper that will provide 700 new homes - some of which would be classed as affordable homes - close to East Croydon train station.
The tower, by architects Make, would sneak above the capital’s current tallest residential tower, the newly opened Strata in Elephant and Castle, which would be 10 storeys shorter.
The Croydon building would also be four stories taller than the proposed St George’s Wharf tower at Vauxhall Cross, granted planning permission by Lambeth council earlier this year.
However, the Croydon record-breaker’s unique selling point is likely to be its distinctly old school community facilities. Its developers describe the building as a “vertical city”, which will offer a communal roof garden, plus “craft rooms” and games rooms that residents will share.
Cara Bamford of Make, says: “We wanted to create an elegant landmark building offering a lifestyle as far removed from outdated concepts of “high rise” living as possible. Our building will host a genuine “vertical community”, with shared amenity spaces at all levels, including a business centre, and rooms available for private hire for family celebrations and other events.”
The project - which has a reported budget of £500 million - is being led by urban regeneration firm Menta, and will also include a landscaped public square, shops, a boutique hotel and units aimed at small businesses. Low-rise family housing will also be built on the site which is a short walk from the station, with trains to central London taking about 15 minutes.
The scheme will inevitably attract controversy because of its scale. Menta was forced to withdraw earlier plans for four smaller buildings on the same site last year after Croydon council planners said the 35 per cent affordable housing planned for the scheme was insufficient, and some residents attacked the original design as too large. A new planning application for the tower will be lodged by the end of 2010.
For further information and updates on the project visit cherryorchard-croydon.co.uk.