The number of cranes on the skyline is testament to the physical regeneration taking place in the borough of Croydon, with Westfield and Hammerson less than 12 months from beginning work on a £1.4billion scheme which will make Croydon the leading retail and leisure destination in the region.
But it is on the ground where this change is most evident. From the grassroots has come Croydon Tech City, the capital’s fastest-growing tech sector, Matthew’s Yard, a new community hub, and the RISEgallery, which recently brought a Banksy exhibition to south London.
In addition there have been a host of festivals and events attracting a record number of visitors across South London – the Ambition Festival, Croydon Food Festival, a weekly World Food Market, Croydon Heritage Festival and even a Sunset Cinema on the top of a town centre car park to name but a few.
Rapidly rising home prices provide proof that Croydon is increasingly being seen as desirable thanks to top-quality schools, more green spaces than any other London borough and regeneration of the metropolitan centre well under way, with the iconic Fairfield Halls set to be the centrepiece of a new Cultural Quarter.
Major improvements in and around East and West Croydon make Croydon not just a gateway to the capital and the south-coast, but also to the world with Gatwick Airport just 15 minutes away.
Visit the Croydon stand to find out more about Croydon – the place – and prepare to have your perceptions changed.
To find out more about why Croydon provides a great opportunity for investment visit the Develop Croydon website.