UK’s “second tallest tower” planned in Croydon

David Hudson, chief executive of Guildhouse Rosepride, has said his development of Britain’s second tallest building in Croydon will "change perceptions" and make the south London borough "a destination in its own right". He added: "This will help to achieve that because, in my opinion, it will be a world-famous building."

The One Lansdowne development consists of two towers, 68 and 41-storeys high, linked by an 11-storey podium structure with a glass-bottomed swimming pool.

Croydon council’s planning committee last night voted unanimously to approve the scheme, of which the taller tower would be 236m high, making it the second tallest in the country – tied with One Canada Square in Canary Wharf – behind the Shard in London Bridge, which is 310m.

The project will have the highest restaurant/bar in London on the 65th and 66th floors and a viewing gallery on the 67th floor. It will also contain 794 residential units and 35,000 sq m of office space.

The project was designed by UK firm CZWG Architects, with the project developed by Guildhouse Rosepride and the China Building Technique Group.

A previous 69-storey project on the same site, which would have included 917 flats and 22,305m sq m of office space, was denied planning permission in June 2016. An appeal for the rejected development was launched but the plan was eventually scrapped.

In 2012 another tower designed by CZWG on the same site was awarded planning permission, but work on the project was stopped shortly after construction began.

The project will be located directly opposite the new £1.4bn retail destination being delivered by Westfield and a few minutes’ walk from both east and west Croydon railway stations.

Work will begin on demolishing the existing buildings on the site by next summer with the project due to be completed in under five years.

Images courtesy of Guildhouse Rosepride

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  1. Skyscrapers do not belong in small towns. It will look ridiculous.

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