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Alsop Reveals Croydon New City Plan

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For some PSFK writers*, Croydon will always be the mini-Manhattan of London - a city of stubby skyscrapers and concrete afloat in the sea of terraced housing that is suburban South London, that is about to undergo a 21st Century transformation with organic shaped buildings, a vertical garden, green roofing and re-introduced waterways. ...Concepts revealed in a presentation at the Braithwaite Hall last night include tackling four major "barriers" which disrupt the town's accessibility, as well as reducing car parking, creating "green" linkways between the town's parks and introducing more water features - including creating a new lake in Old Town.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 19 november 2007

For some PSFK writers*, Croydon will always be the mini-Manhattan of London – a city of stubby skyscrapers and concrete afloat in the sea of terraced housing that is suburban South London. So we’re please to hear that our old manor is about to undergo a 21st Century transformation with organic shaped buildings, a vertical garden, green roofing and re-introduced waterways. Archinect points us to news that Will Alsop has revealed plans to remake Croydon as London’s third city. Alsop’s site says:

The key elements of the vision are centred around bringing residential accommodation into the heart of the town centre where it is currently lacking, revitalising Croydon’s key retail offer which is central to Croydon’s success, and subsequently repositioning the commercial/office market in central Croydon. In addition, a key feature of Alsop’s proposal is to improve the quality of the public realm and alter the perception of Croydon’s town centre by introducing additional green spaces and integrating existing underused green spaces. The vision aims to capitalise on the existing swell of developer interest in Croydon’s town centre.

The Croydon Guardian reports:

Concepts revealed in a presentation at the Braithwaite Hall last night include tackling four major “barriers” which disrupt the town’s accessibility, as well as reducing car parking, creating “green” linkways between the town’s parks and introducing more water features – including creating a new lake in Old Town.

Parking spaces would be reduced from 8,500 to 4,500 and park and ride schemes would be “pepper-potted” around the edges of the town. All remaining parking facilities would be pushed underground, with the exception of delivery and disabled parking.

A band of greenery would connect the three parks – Wandle, Duppas Hill and Park Hill – with the centre of town while the River Wandle would be exhumed from its 1960s burial to reintroduce water back into Croydon.

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A video of the presentation can be found here.

(* erm, that would be me)

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