Month

March 2017

How risky interventions have transformed Croydon’s image

Taking risks is helping to transform Croydon’s image according to the council’s chief executive Jo Negrini. Speaking on a panel discussion entitled Croydon Urban Edge at MIPIM 2017, the borough’s most senior council officer pointed to the arrival of Boxpark as evidence of a proactive approach towards changing people’s perceptions of the town. “We had...
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Chinese firm buys former Nestle Tower

The landmark former Nestle Tower in Croydon and the nearby St George’s Walk development site been bought by a Chinese property firm in a deal worth around £60million. R&F Developments have bought the 200,000 sq ft tower which has been vacant since the food and drinks giant moved out in 2012. It is the Chinese firm’s...
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SEEK Project to help Croydon’s jobless to start a business

People who are not in work in Croydon are being offered help to become entrepreneurs and set up their own social enterprises. StartUp Croydon and Croydon Council are among the partners for the SEEK Project, a unique new collaborative programme offering participants a £500 start-up fund, workshops, training and mentoring. An intensive six-month programme includes...
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Keepmoat deliver new Crisis centre in Croydon

Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, has opened a new centre in Croydon. Delivered by Keepmoat, Crisis Skylight Croydon is the 11th centre of its kinds throughout the UK. Housing minister and Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell joined Alison Butler, deputy leader of Croydon Council, and John Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, at a...
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Croydon Urban Edge – the panel discussion

Croydon took centre stage at MIPIM 2017 with a panel discussion in the London Stand entitled Croydon Urban Edge. Seven speakers joined chair Peter Murray, chairman of New London Architecture for the debate. Here is what the speakers had to say.   Peter Murray Good morning everyone and welcome to this session where we’re talking...
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Ten-week programme to enhance Surrey Street

Improvement works to the street scene layout on Surrey Street will begin on Monday, March 27. Improved surface materials, a more levelled carriageway, new street lighting and the creation of a more pedestrian-friendly environment are designed to improve the street scene and create a vibrant, flexible market space. Council contractors are due to be on...
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Croydon draws in the crowds at MIPIM 2017

A debate on shaping Croydon’s future to make it a better place for residents drew one of the largest audiences seen for a panel discussion at the world’s most prestigious real estate show. Croydon Urban Edge was the subject of a conversation at MIPIM 2017 with housing minister Gavin Barwell, Croydon Council chief executive Jo Negrini, the Croydon Partnership’s...
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Refreshed Ruskin Square car park gives Croydon a boost

A Croydon car park has undergone major refurbishment as the transformation of the town centre gathers pace. The 565-bay Ruskin Square Car Park has been completed to complement construction of an exciting business, residential and leisure quarter on a nine-acre site next to East Croydon station. Schroders UK Real Estate Fund, in partnership with developer...
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Council recognised for business-friendly approach

Croydon Council has been shortlisted in three categories at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards. Organised by the Federation of Small Businesses and London Councils, the awards recognise local council support for small businesses. Croydon is in the running for awards in the Best All Round Small Business Friendly Borough and Best Small Business Friendly...
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Croydon named digital council of the year

Croydon has been named as digital council of the year for embracing new technology and maximising its benefits for customers. Around 180,000 people, half the borough’s population, have registered for a My Account to use online services and pre-book appointments, with these changes saving local taxpayers around £8million. The authority has also invested £2million in...
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