Final go-ahead for UK’s second tallest skyscraper in Croydon

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has waved through plans for a 68-storey skyscraper in Croydon town centre that will rank as the country’s second tallest building.

It means work on the ambitious twin-tower project can begin construction in summer 2018.

Developer Guildhouse Rosepride in conjunction with Chinese skyscraper specialist, the China Building Technique Group Company, have been working up the One Lansdowne scheme for several years.

Khan signed off the plans enabling the Section 106 to be signed and the formal Consent to be issued.

The south London council’s planning committee had already unanimously approved the development, which will feature two towers of 68 and 41 storeys, linked by an 11-storey podium structure.

If all goes to plan the Piers Gough of CZGW Architects designed tower will be completed in 2022.

David Hudson, chief executive of Guildhouse UK, said: “Peaking at 288m high, One Lansdowne will be visible from Piccadilly to Brighton, and will be a world-class building which really puts Croydon on the map.”

One Lansdowne will feature 794 residential units, 380,000 sq ft of offices, and shops.

It will also feature  a swimming pool and gym and public viewing gallery offering panoramic views across the capital and Surrey, and the highest bar and restaurant facilities in London.

The skyscraper will be around 12m shorter than the Shard, which still ranks as Britain’s and Europe’s tallest building. It will just edge out 22 Bishopsgate in London’s Square Mile, which is presently under construction and will rise to 278m.

“We are grateful for the trust being placed in us both by the London Borough of Croydon and the Greater London Authority to deliver this scheme,” added Hudson.

“The great challenge for Croydon has always been to change perceptions in its own right and this will help the town to put the town on the map.”

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Developer rethinks £8bn Earls Court masterplan

Developer Capco has returned to the drawing board to recast its plans to develop thousands of homes at Earls Court in London.

Vast Earls Court scheme to be revised amid softening house prices in the capital

The firm confirmed this morning that it was working with Hammersmith and Fulham to raise the number of proposed homes for the site by 2,500 to 10,000.

The rethink comes amid local criticism that the affordable housing provision was insufficient on the vast 77-acre site.

Capco gained planning for 7,500 new homes across four new residential districts in West London nearly four years ago.

Proposals also include include offices, leisure, hotel and retail space, as well as a new primary school, library, an integrated health centre and 5-acre public park.

This plan involved demolition of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green housing estates, which the council has now said it wants to take back into its control.

In a statement this morning, a spokesman for the developer said: “Capco notes the recent press speculation and confirms that it remains in discussions with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham to bring forward an enhanced masterplan for the Earls Court Opportunity Area.

“An enhanced masterplan would seek to deliver an increased number of homes across all tenures throughout the wider Earls Court Opportunity Area, and could involve LBHF taking the lead on future plans for the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates.

“In the event that an enhanced masterplan does not progress or agreement is not reached, the Conditional Land Sale Agreement ( a binding agreement in relation to the Estates) will remain in place.”

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JLL predict slow house price growth- with near term falls

Key Highlights:

• More moderate UK house price growth for the next 5-10 years

• Brexit will remain a short-term drag on the UK housing market

• New Housing paradigm good for government, the economy, buyers, sellers and industry participants

• UK house price growth are set to ease

• UK transactions will improve at a moderate rate

• UK housing starts to remain buoyant

Price changes

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