Month

June 2017

Sir Frank underlines Westfield’s commitment to Croydon

Westfield founder Frank Lowy has underlined the company’s commitment to Croydon after being knighted in the Queen’s birthday honour’s list. The Australian shopping centre developer, who is also chairman of Westfield Corporation, said he was honoured by the honour which recognised his contribution to the UK economy. A £1.4billion redevelopment of the existing Whitgift Shopping...
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Croydon going from an RIP to a VIP location

Croydon’s surging popularity as a place to live and do business was spotlighted at the London Real Estate Forum. Richard Plant, chairman of Develop Croydon, told delegates: “Six years ago, Croydon was a place with not a lot going on. We had offices with a vacancy rate of about 1.2m sq ft. “Develop Croydon brought...
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Croydon Council CEO issues warning over government funding

Government policy on finance is the biggest threat to Croydon’s redevelopment moving forward. Jo Negrini, chief executive of Croydon Council, told the London Real Estate Forum, a two-day show sponsored by Virgin Media at Berkeley Square in London: “We [Croydon] don’t have a medium-term financial strategy.” She explained this was because of uncertainty over government...
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Legacy Youth Zone moves closer after reaching £6m target

A planning application for Croydon’s Legacy Youth Zone is expected to be submitted this summer after it met its £6million fundraising target. An anonymous private donation of £1m, plus another £1m from the Queen’s Trust, means Croydon’s soon-to-be-built youth centre, the Legacy Youth Zone has met its £6m capital fundraising target. The project, which will...
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Extended Canterbury House proposals go for public consultation

A public exhibition into Criterion Capital’s plans to create new homes at Canterbury House takes place at Jury’s Inn in Wellesley Road on Saturday, June 17 (10am-2pm). The drop-in session will allow local residents to view the initial plans, speak to members of the design team and make comments. Criterion’s draft plan for the scheme...
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Extended Canterbury House proposals go for public consultation

A public exhibition into Criterion Capital’s plans to create new homes at Canterbury House takes place at Jury’s Inn in Wellesley Road on Saturday, June 17 (10am-2pm). The drop-in session will allow local residents to view the initial plans, speak to members of the design team and make comments. Criterion’s draft plan for the scheme...
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Sarah Jones elected as Croydon’s first female MP

Labour’s Sarah Jones has become Croydon’s first female MP after winning the Croydon Central seat from housing minister Gavin Barwell. However, within 24 hours Mr Barwell had some consolation having been unveiled as prime minister Theresa May’s chief of staff. The borough’s other two MP’s remained in place with Labour’s Steve Reed and the Conservatives’...
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Croydon’s regeneration marked during London Tech Week

Croydon’s business community is coming together on Wednesday, June 14 with a London Tech Week celebration marking the ongoing regeneration in the town. The event is designed at showcasing local tech companies, enterprise hubs and business support services and has been organised by Croydon Tech City’s Sarah Luxford, a director at Nexec Leaders and co-founder...
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Getting a taste of Croydon’s future

Five Guys intends to open a new restaurant in Croydon in the autumn. The American fast food change, famed for its burgers, hotdogs and milkshakes, is converting the former Yates’s pub in High Street into a 209-seat venue. The new venture, Five Guys’ 15th in the capital, will create more than 40 jobs and joins...
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