The proposals for No.1 Landsdowne Road, comprises a 200 room four-star hotel with over 16,756 m2 of South London office space, in addition to almost 400 apartments.
The L-shaped plot is located at the corner of Landsdowne Road and Wellesley Road, and replace three older properties: the Fairfield Hotel, the YMCA and Marco Polo House.
The planning documents highlight that this office development’s resemblance to “the earliest of New York skyscrapers which often mixed office, leisure, sports, residential and hotel in one construction,”.
Ahead of the formal vote by the planning committee, there are already encouraging signs in the scheme’s favour, as a similarly sized apartment tower – that is to become the UK’s tallest residential building – was recently approved by Croydon Council.
Croydon is also bidding for city status and has adopted an ambitious Unitary Development Plan in 2006 that supports tall buildings in the central business district, stating that: “High buildings should be seen as an opportunity to create high quality, distinctive landmark structures that enhance Croydon’s skyline whilst having regard for their context at street level”.
With the planning application for the CR0 office rental tower now submitted to Croydon council, a formal decision is expected early next year.