Taberner House

London, Croydon. 2018

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2018
  • Clients: Hub Group and Bridges Fund Management

The site is located in central Croydon, opposite the Croydon Council offices and near to Croydon Town Hall. A key regeneration site, the scheme will provide space for retail, leisure and cultural activities, as well as bringing much-needed new homes and jobs to the area. The plans will also revitalise the popular Queen’s Gardens, which is to be reimagined by landscape architect Grant Associates, in close collaboration with interested local parties. The result will be a new public space which exceeds the area of the existing Queen’s Gardens. In line with HUB’s commitment to building strong communities, HUB facilitated extensive community engagement and public consultation which also includes working closely with members of the Croydon community to shape plans for The Queen’s Gardens. The scheme will deliver 513 new homes both for sale and for rent, 35 per cent of which will be delivered at a subsidised level.

The Site is in Mid-Croydon, approximately 600 metres south-west of East Croydon station and opposite the Croydon Council offices at Bernard Weatherill House. The Site is bounded by Katherine Street, Park Lane, the Croydon Flyover and Fell Road, and is also adjacent to Croydon Town Hall.

The Site, given its proximity to The Queen’s Gardens and the Croydon Council offices, forms an important regeneration site within the Mid-Croydon Masterplan. The vision for the Site will help to facilitate the creation of a mixed community within Mid-Croydon, with new homes, employment, leisure, shops, cultural activities and social infrastructure. Within the Development, each unit has been designed to maximise the use of space and utilise a sustainable and passive design approach providing natural ventilation and lighting. The arrangement of the residential blocks has been carefully considered in the context of the surrounding townscape whilst also maximising and enhancing the area and quality of the landscaped public realm space at ground floor level. The Development has been designed to provide the high quality warranted by this Site and to be in keeping with both the surrounding character and the emerging developments in the local area.

The site consists of four buildings ranging in height from 13 to 36 storeys comprising 513 residential units (use class C3), flexible space at ground floor level of the buildings, new basement areas (including demolition of parts of existing basement), landscaping (including re-landscaping of The Queen’s Gardens) and a new café pavilion.

The proposal is to extend The Queen’s Gardens and carefully site new high quality buildings within this attractive setting. The strategy is summarised as locating the massing of the buildings to the south adjacent to the busy roads, The Queen’s Gardens to the north. These new buildings will also sit within the landscape, allowing it to flow around their base and connecting the landscape and buildings.

The taller elements are designed to address Park Lane and the Flyover at the corners, reinforcing this southern edge of the Site. Two other smaller buildings are placed such that they ‘slide’ past the taller elements, creating and framing views out of the buildings, enhancing privacy between the blocks. Entrances to the blocks and flexible commercial uses on ground floor create street frontages but also provide activity to and interaction with the Gardens.

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