The London Borough of Croydon redevelopment of the Whitgift Shopping Centre proposed a mix of retail and leisure space and nearly 1,000 homes, as part of the regeneration of central Croydon. One corner of this site includes a quadrangle of listed almshouses. Developer the Croydon Partnership, a joint venture of Westfield and Hammerson, brought the scheme to design review in March 2016.
The council has in-house urban design capacity but uses design review to provide an independent view of major applications. Our advice covered a number of different aspects including the design of residential towers. Most significantly the panel was able to strengthen the local authority’s resolve to require that a major pedestrian route through the centre open and street-like in its design.
- Rick Mather Architects
- The Croydon Partnership
- London Borough of Croydon