Croydon council grants permission for £350m 55-storey CZWG tower

Architect CZWG, developer Guildhouse UK, and Rosepride Properties have been granted permission to build a £350m 55-storey tower in Croydon.

The design comprises three different heights of 12, 16 and 55 storeys and will include a four-star hotel, 397 residential units and 16,756m2 of office space. The top floor will boast a restaurant and viewing gallery.

The tower will be built on the site of the current YMCA, Fairfield Hotel and Marco Polo House.

The plans have previously proved controversial, receiving criticism from Design Council CABE for being too complex. The watchdog requested that features such as the cantilevered restaurant, which juts out over the street, and the swooping curves of the building be revisited.

Piers Gough, partner at CZWG, said: “The design celebrates this most prominent of sites at the epicentre of the town. The mixed uses of the tower and the surrounding landscape re-imagines the liveability of central Croydon and gives it a gorgeous memorable image.”

Construction is due to start in 2013, subject to a section 106 agreement being signed with the council.