Croydon Vision 2020

For other uses, see 2020 Vision (disambiguation).

Croydon Vision 2020 is a regeneration programme by the London Borough of Croydon for the centre of Croydon in South London. The original study was carried out in 1999 by EDAW and is being taken forward through the Local Development Framework process. The programme seeks to affect urban planning extensively and promote Croydon as hub of living, retailing, culture and business in South London and South East England. It was highlighted by architect Will Alsop's 'Third City' work.[1] Private developers have responded to the programme and currently £3.5 billion has been committed to consented and proposed development projects with more in the pipeline. The Council is now working with the Mayor of London on the Croydon Opportunity Area. An Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) has been proposed for the town centre to coordinate this investment. Work is underway on five masterplans underpinning the preparation of this framework: East Croydon, West Croydon, Mid Croydon, Fairfield, and Old Town. There are also a number of public realm improvements planned collectively called 'Connected Croydon'.[2]

East Croydon Masterplan

The East Croydon Masterplan includes the following developments:

The East Croydon Masterplan's adoption as interim planning guidance by Council's Cabinet was due on 21 July 2011.

Ruskin Square

Main article: Croydon Gateway
The proposed south side of Croydon Gateway

A 12.36-acre (50,000 m2) site adjacent to East Croydon railway station, the Stanhope Schroders Ruskin Square development is based around a park, a new Warehouse Theatre, and homes and offices. The scheme has been designed by Foster and Partners. The Council previously supported proposals prepared by its development partner, Arrowcroft, to develop a mixed-use scheme anchored by a 12,500 seat arena, but these proposals were rejected by the Secretary of State Hazel Blears in July 2008.[3]

Cherry Orchard Road

Menta's Second Proposal
Following the withdrawal of Menta's original planning application, a new proposal was submitted to the Council in March 2011. The main features are two residential buildings including a 53-storey tower, providing 499 homes including some low-cost housing, a 4-star ‘boutique’ hotel with 22 luxury serviced apartments, 71,000 sq ft (6,600 m2) Grade A start-up office space, a new entry from Cherry Orchard Road into East Croydon station via grand stairs, and an open public space with restaurants and shops adjoining. The residential tower has caused controversy among residents in the neighbouring area with some objecting to the height, which would make it the tallest building in the borough and one of the tallest residential buildings in the UK. A decision by the Council on planning permission was expected on 21 July 2011. Some of the buildings occupying the site including Amy Johnson House were demolished in 2011.

Further information: Cherry Orchard Road

Central One

Central One
General information
Town or city Croydon, London
Country  England

Central One will be a new high-rise business park. Office floor spaces of approximately 25,000 sq ft (2,300 m2) totalling 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2) will be provided over 40 storeys. The building will have internal atria every sixth floor and extensive public areas, with amenities such as cafes, restaurants, shops, and a fitness centre.

Old Town Masterplan

The masterplan will focus on the area between the High Street and Roman Way, one of the oldest areas of Croydon. Developments in the area include:

Mid Croydon Masterplan

Park Place

Main article: Park Place (Croydon)
Computer-generated image of Park Place and Queens Gardens

The Fairfield Masterplan

Originally called the College Green Masterplan,[6] the Masterplan looks at the area around Croydon College and the Fairfield Halls, including:

Fairfield Hall

Fairfield and College Green
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Town or city Croydon, London
Country  United Kingdom
Construction started 2007

The scheme is centred upon the refurbishment and part redevelopment of the Fairfield Halls concert and theatre venue to create an arts and cultural quarter. In the original plan, a low-level piazza would link the Halls with the nearby Queen's Gardens. A remodelled open space would provide a new pedestrian boulevard to connect Queen's Gardens, Croydon College and East Croydon Station. Apartments would front the new boulevard and have views south across private gardens. This scheme plans to retain parking for both public and private use at lower levels. There would be retail, restaurants and cafes around the piazza, linking with a new entrance and foyer to the Halls.

Fairfield Halls is scheduled to close for two years for redevelopment starting July 2016. New homes, offices and shops as well as a new building for Croydon College will be built.[7][8]

Altitude 25

Altitude 25 borders College Green, another Howard Holding development.

Wellesley Road

Computer Generated image of Wellesley Road after improvements are made

Wellesley Road is an urban dual carriageway with an underpass and subways, cutting the town centre in two with a north-south physical barrier that can be difficult to negotiate. The scale of the architecture is dramatic, but pedestrians and public transport are pushed to the edges. The splitting of the town centre causes difficulties in the way it functions, with a lack of connections between rail and bus stations, retail areas, office and cultural facilities and poor public access.

The Council is examining the options for improving the environment, image and functioning including improvements for pedestrians and better access to public transport. Street-level crossings, trees, seating, lighting and kiosks, and a central pedestrian walkway are being considered. In the proposals it is likely that Wellesley Road will remain a main route for trams, buses and cars, possibly incorporating extensions to the tram network. The difference will be that transport will no longer dominate the space to the detriment of the pedestrian experience and the image of Croydon. There is also an opportunity to simplify and improve the movement of vehicles. Opportunities exist for improving the ground floors and frontages of the buildings along Wellesley Road, connecting more effectively with their immediate surroundings and creating more activity, such as shops and cafés with spill-out spaces. Okra Landscape Architects with Peter Brett Associates, Soundings and Urhahn Urban Design were selected by the Council following an international design competition.

The area also includes surrounding development sites:

Saffron Square

Further information: Saffron Square

Formerly known as Wellesley Square, this site lay fallow for over ten years, but Berkeley Homes is now delivering a mixed-use development, including:

Construction was due to start in 2008 with a completion date of 2012. Berkeley Homes renamed the site Saffron Square and work started on site on the courtyard and perimeter blocks in 2011.

Whitgift Centre and Westfield Croydon

Main article: Whitgift Centre

Leasehold owners and landlord Howard Holdings had a development agreement with freehold owners the Whitgift Foundation for a £221m development of the Whitgift Centre. A planning application was submitted, with construction due to start in 2009 and be finished in 2014, as advised by Geddes Architects, the lead consultant.

In 2010, Howard Holdings went into administration.[9][10] There are now two rival schemes for the site. The Whitgift Foundation has since invited the Australian-based Westfield Group to redevelop the centre. Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) and Irish Bank Resolution Corp (IBRC) ANGIB.UL, who together own 75% of the 1.2m sq ft centre’s lease have asked UK-based Hammerson to create an alternative £1bn redevelopment scheme.[11]

On 26 November 2013, a £1 billion venture by the Westfield Group and Hammerson, known as The Croydon Partnership,[12] to redevelop the Whitgift Centre and Centrale was approved by the Croydon Council,[13] with work set to begin in 2015 and aim completion by 2018.[14]


Main article: ISLAND

The IYLO project is on an island site at a main entrance to the town centre originally purchased by Phoenix Logistics, seen by the Council as a vital part of housing regeneration.

The architect is Darling Associates, hired by Phoenix Logistics, E3 Property, engineers Walsh Group and Scott Wilson. The proposal will create a glass-clad elliptical tower of two equal halves that appear to be sliding past each other. The 20-storey building will provide 183 private apartments based around a central public garden. Rainwater will be collected and used to provide irrigation for the garden. Renewable sources of energy will be included, and there will be recycling facilities next to the lay-by. Over half of the site will be landscaped.

Construction started in 2007, however work on the building halted in 2009 when the projects funding source HBOS went into administration [15] Work briefly restarted between 2010 and 2011, however the building entered further financial difficulties when Phoenix's subsidiary St James' Croydon also entered administration.[16] Construction then halted for two years before the plot was sold to a Regency Homes Limited [17] with a £900,000 discount and renamed as ISLAND [18] with completion estimated in 2015.[19]

West Croydon Masterplan

The area adjoins the North End shopping precinct and contains West Croydon station, bus station and tram stop, and historic landmarks such as the St Michael and All Angels' Church.[20]

Transport projects

East London Line extension

Main article: East London Line

In May 2010 the East London Line extension to West Croydon was opened. The project connected Croydon to the new London Overground rail system.

Improved Overground Network (ON)

Main article: Overground Network

This was a pilot scheme run by the SRA, TFL and three train operators between 2003 and 2006 to encourage more passengers to travel by train. In partnership with the South London Boroughs, including Croydon, SWELTRAC, SELTRANS and the transport users group, the scheme promoted the advantages of off-peak travel following improvements to safety, travel connections and upgrading of station facilities.

Main article: Tramlink


The Croydon Exp07 was a series of exhibitions highlighting the re-development of the London Borough of Croydon as a whole, including leisure, offices, shopping, transport and homes.[21] It also included a town centre model which can still be seen in Croydon Central Library in the Croydon Clocktower building.


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  5. Chris Baynes (7 October 2015). "Major plans to transform Fairfield Halls and 'outdo the South Bank' unveiled". Croydon Guardian.
  6. "Westfield unveils plans for Croydon shopping centre". BBC News. 4 July 2012.
  8. "Croydon £1bn shopping centre plan approved". BBC News. BBC. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. Croydon £1bn shopping centre plan approved
  9. "Council gives green light to Westfield/Hammerson plan". Garth Davies. Croydon Advertiser. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. Croydon £1bn shopping centre plan approved
  10. "Tower work to restart shortly". Croydon Advertiser. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2013. Tower work to restart shortly
  11. "Construction company has gone into administration". Croydon Advertiser. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. Construction company has gone into administration
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  13. Davies, Gareth (17 May 2013). "IYLO building work to resume after owner gets £900,000 discount on affordable housing agreement". Gareth Davies. Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 28 November 2013. plot was sold to a new developer
  15. Croydon Third City
  16. Experience the future of Croydon
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