15 May 2019
The latest (15th) sold-out Develop Croydon Investor Tour treated delegates to a whistle-stop tour of the incredible regeneration taking place in Croydon and developments that are transforming the town, whilst also showcasing the borough’s culture and heritage. Over 50 developers, business leaders, partners and investors gathered for the tour on a sunny May morning that showed Croydon at its finest.
The day began with a breakfast reception at Boxpark, next to East Croydon station, where Ronan Farrell from Tide Construction discussed the progress of their Croydon site 101 George Street. The scheme, delivered for Greystar with Tide’s sister company, Vision Modular, is set to be the tallest modular tower in the world and will be complete in May 2020. From Boxpark, tour guides Richard Plant, Partner at SHW and Chairman of Develop Croydon, Vanessa Clark, Sinclair Clark, Alex Gale and Holly Purvis, SHW, and Bonnie Stephensmith, Develop Croydon, took the group on a short walking tour of Ruskin Square before boarding a private tram that looped the town centre and West Croydon.
The group were then taken by coach through the commercial heart of Croydon and onto the Purley Way, to get a closer look at the ‘industrial heartland of the borough’. Ian Wade from Bellway Homes discussed their IKON development en-route, which is due to be completed at the end of 2019, with 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments now on sale.
Guests were then taken up to the spectacular roof gardens of the recently converted office block, Leon House, for coffee in their residents’ private dining area. Leon House boasts views that reach across London to Wembley Stadium, the City and the Shard, and south toward the green suburbs of Croydon. The group enjoyed the incredible scenery and a birds-eye-view of the numerous developments transforming the town centre.
The touring party returned to the town centre to walk through the retail core of Croydon and the Whitgift Centre. Matt Sims, Chief Executive at Croydon BID, delivered a speech outlining the plans for the area, including the Croydon Partnership’s £1.4billion regeneration of Whitgift and Centrale.
As a final stop, the tour showcased one of Croydon’s hidden gems – the Alms Houses and Martin Corney, Chief Executive of the Whitgift Foundation, discussed the heritage of the site, the charity and the ways in which they support their residents, students and the borough.
The day finished with lunch at the Queen’s Square Marketing Suite, where R&F Properties gave an insight into their exciting plans for the former Nestle Tower. All those that attended agreed that it had been an informative morning that had challenged perceptions of Croydon and during which everyone (including the guides!) learned something new.
The next Develop Croydon Investor Tour will be taking place in September, if you would like to join or want more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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