Croydon to get UK's second tallest buildingnews
4th October 2017
Croydon Council has approved plans to build the UK’s second tallest building.
The One Landsdowne Road skyscraper will be made up two towers of 68- and 41-storeys, connected by an 11-storey podium structure. Almost 800 flats will be housed within this enormous structure.
It is hoped that work will begin on demolishing the buildings on the existing site, close to Croydon's historic Whitgift Almshouses, by summer 2018, with a tentative build time of just under five years.
Guildhouse Rosepride are the developers for the project, and world-renowned architect Piers Gough of CZWG is the lead on the design.
One Lansdowne Road will peak at 236 metres, taller than any Canary Wharf tower block; in the UK only the Shard will surpass it, at 95 floors and 310 metres.
The development will also have 35,000m2 of office space, shops, a bar and restaurant, a spectacular glass-bottomed swimming pool and fitness complex, and a public viewing gallery between Floors 64 - Floor 66.
Throughout the complex there will be a network of alternative walking/cycling links and a small, central piazza. On the south façade of the building, there will be decorative curved bronze ribbons inspired by artist Matisse, these will be used to unite the towers.
“The great challenge for Croydon is to change perceptions and this scheme will help it to become a destination in its own right", said David Hudson, Chief Executive of Guildhouse Rosepride.
He added: “Piers Gough is one of the great post-war English architects, and it is very rare for a project of this scale to receive more letters of support than letters of objection.”
Cllr Paul Scott said: "This is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make on this planning committee. It will be one of the highest restaurants in the country, one of the highest in the world. The free public access is notable and it will bring more people to Croydon.
I must admit, I am not a fan of the design but it is not about an individual's opinion, it is about an overall quality. It will be striking, dramatic and it will be another thing which puts us on the map.”
Written by Ian Johnson