With the recently held MIPIM conference in Cannes the big sell is back on for the re-development of Croydon.
Tuesday 28 March. 11.45am-2pm. Future Croydon 2 Years On
Sussex Innovation, 14-16 Addiscombe Rd , Croydon, CR0 0XT
Foundations for Success Group event to hear updates on the future of Croydon. Speakers Tony Letts, Deputy Mayor on Vision of Croydon and ; Richard Plant (Styles Harold & Williams) on Delivering the Masterplan: Progress with re-development. Followed by Q & A and lunch and networking. To book go to
Wednesday 3 May. 9.30am-3.30pm. Landlords Descend on Croydon
National Landlord Investment Show – Croydon at Croydon Park Hotel, 7 Altyre Road, Croydon, CR9 5AA
- New Developments
HMRC is due to move into a Ruskin Square office block in the summer.
Chinese developer R&F Properties has paid £60m for the Minerva estate of the Nestle Tower and St. George’s Walk development site. Over the last 12 months Minerva has consolidated its wonrship of the area and re-named it Queen’s Square.
US backed Pocket Living is to develop 153 ‘affordable’ ‘one bedroom compact housing units.
- Croydon at MIPIM
Croydon’s presentation at the annual world property conference MIPIM in Cannes was well attended. There was an informal sponsors’ supper for the Croydon delegation on 13 March, a Croydon Urban Edge panel discussion on 15 March followed by an informal Croydon Beer on the Beach reception, and a Beach Lunch (invitation only).
The panel members were advertised as being: Steve Yewman, Development Director of Westfield; Jo Negrini, Croydon’ Chief Executive, RISE Gallery’s Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, and Steve Sanham, Managing Director of HUB. They were joined by Gavin Barwell, Central Croydon MP and Housing & London Minister, Robin Dobson from Hammerson, and Stuart Cade from Rick Mather Architects. There was a lot of discussion about risk, top-down and bottom-up and the fusion between them, the importance of the leisure and culture offer, and the importance of Boxpark. Gavin Barwell has nailed his mast to the onward growth of the Town Centre southwards.
Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison of RISE Gallery stressed that culture ‘is so important within any kind of regeneration – any kind of place has to have an identity that makes it stand out from other boroughs.’
‘We’re very very lucky in Croydon that we’ve got a fantastic cultural offer which is growing. Old residents and new residents are being engaged much more to stay with us and spend with us so when they’re going out at night they’ve got plenty here to offer them.’
‘We ‘are very lucky in Croydon to have … the right local authority, the right corporations all balanced together which is helping things to move along much quicker. We’ve also got a community which has all pulled together in the balance.’
For a fuller summary of the panel debate go to the next posting.