Original architect Make first won planning for Taberner House site in 2014
AHMM has unveiled plans of a new residential scheme on the site of Croydon council’s former headquarters after being drafted in to replace Make.
Ken Shuttleworth’s practice originally won planning for Taberner House, a 1960s office block which has since been demolished, nearly three years ago.
Under this plan, 420 homes would have been built across five blocks at the site for Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle, a partnership between the council and private investor John Laing. Landscape architect Gillespies was appointed to carry out work on the nearby Queen’s Gardens.
Work on site was supposed to have started at the end of 2014 but the following year the council said its own development company would now take control of the scheme which it said would double the amount of affordable housing to 30%. It added the new plans would go before planners by the end of that year and promised a start on site in early 2016.
But the council then dropped its own development company and brought in Hub last summer which then brought in AHMM to work up designs.
The latest plans now feature 500 homes across four buildings for sale and rent. The tallest block will be 35 storeys with the remainder coming in at 21, 19 and 13 storeys. The schme will also include 1,200 sq m of retail and commercial space.
Hub managing director Steve Sanham said: “We know this site has a history and importance to Croydon and we take that very seriously.”
The developer is being backed by investor Bridge Ventures. Landscape architect Grant Associates will now carry out work on Queen’s Gardens.