R&F Properties purchased the area of land around St George’s Walk (between Park Street, the High Street, Park Lane and Katharine Street) last year.
The Chinese developers intend to create a new quarter, providing physical links between the existing cultural, civic and retail quarters in the town centre. R&F support Croydon Council’s bid to become one of London’s first “Creative Enterprise Zones” and their plans for Queen’s Square are intended to support and enhance the borough’s growing arts and creative scene.
Much of the development will be residential but the ground floor could provide a mix of uses including workshops, galleries, shops and restaurants. The site will also include a new town square opposite the Town Hall.
Phase one of the development – the conversion and extension of St George’s House (the former Nestle Tower) into 290 flats – already has planning permission and work is now underway.
To prepare phase two of the project for construction, two applications are being submitted to the council, one for the demolition of part of the remaining site (except No.1 Katharine Street and Segas House) and one for the partial demolition of Park House. If planning is granted, work is expected to start next autumn.
Before a detailed planning application is submitted for phase two, a public consultation will take place. Updates on that will follow shortly at http://queenssquarecroydon.info/