Coming up: Green light for Croydon apartment scheme

Design for proposed 137 home development reflects its location on the edge of the south London town centre.

The proposed Croydon scheme has an eight storey mansion block fronting the road, with a set-back 18 storey tower (PIC GSA)
The proposed Croydon scheme has an eight storey mansion block fronting the road, with a set-back 18 storey tower (PIC GSA)

Affordable housing provider L&Q has won consent for a 137 home scheme in Croydon, south London. The design for 30-38 Addiscombe Road, by Gardner Stewart Architects, comprises an eight storey mansion block linked to a set-back 18 storey tower. The design recognises the site’s location, which has a residential context in the east and a town centre context to the west, with a newly designated view corridor along Addiscombe Road. The proposed scheme will comprise 53 per cent affordable housing, and more than 80 per cent of homes are dual or triple aspect. Gardner Stewart Architects director Manoher Matharu said, "The scheme will provide much needed affordable homes, whilst being sensitive to its edge of town centre setting."

Woking Borough Council has approved revised plans to regenerate the Sheerwater neighbourhood with nearly 1,200 homes plus leisure, retail and community facilities. ThamesWey Developments, which is owned by the council, will deliver the Canalside regeneration, which covers a 30-hectare site and will see a 1950s housing estate redeveloped. The first phase of development will deliver 92 apartments and houses. Overall, almost half of the homes developed will be affordable. BDP is masterplanner and landscape architect for the development, and architect for the medium rise area of the scheme.

Tower Hamlets Council has given the go ahead to a 579 home scheme in east London’s Docklands. The planned Skylines development, which is to be built on a site on the corner of Marsh Wall, is being brought forward by site owner Strong Drive and is designed by architect Farrells. The design has three residential buildings, ranging from 23 storeys through to 26 and 49 storeys. The mixed use proposal also includes a 12 storey business centre, a four storey school, retail units, community space and a central square.

Leicester City Council has approved plans for a village to house 1,200 students at the University of Leicester. The university and its delivery partner, a consortium led by investor Equitix, plan to redevelop the Freemen’s Commons site with student accommodation, a 550-space multi-storey car park, and a teaching and learning centre. The university also plans to refurbish the grade 2 listed Freemen’s Cottages, a set of historic alms houses on the site, to form the scheme’s centrepiece. The buildings will be set within landscaping, which will include two public spaces and tree-lined walking routes. Design is by architects Sheppard Robson and Associated Architects.

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