A scheme to redevelop a major south London shopping centre, which was reviewed by the DSE panel, has been given planning approval.

The London Borough of Croydon has given the go ahead for the Whitgift Shopping Centre to be redeveloped with a mix of retail and leisure space and nearly 1,000 homes, as part of the regeneration of central Croydon. Developer the Croydon Partnership, a joint venture of Westfield and Hammerson, brought the scheme to DSE in March 2016. Leonard Design Architects is masterplanner for the project, working with a team including Allies & Morrison.

The demolition and rebuilding of the Whitgift Centre, the largest shopping centre in Croydon will be one of the most significant developments in a borough that has seen phenomenal growth and change in recent years.  Advice from our design review panel covered a number of different aspects including the design of residential towers.  Most significantly the panel were able to strengthen the local authority’s resolve to require that a major pedestrian route through the centre was much more open and street-like in its design and less covered and mall-like. One corner of this site includes a quadrangle of listed alms-houses. Our advice ensured that the overlooking of this tranquil oasis will be reduced in the new scheme rather than increased.

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