Croydon: Growth zone to culture hub

Thursday 12 October 2017

14:00 – 19:30 (lunch from 13:00)

TMRW, 75-77 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1QQ

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Cultural Quarter © Rick Mather Architects

©Boxpark Croydon

The first of the Mayor’s Growth Zones, the London Borough of Croydon is currently experiencing £350 million worth of investment across 39 key projects, from schools to transport to business support.

It was recently named the UK’s fastest growing economy with 1,875 digital, creative and technology companies calling it home. Brick by Brick, the borough’s private development company is set to deliver a new housing programme that will provide more than 1,000 new and affordable homes on over 50 sites across the borough by 2019. 

The projected growth is massive and potential vast. But as the borough transforms, how will it retain its integrity and identity? Will Croydon finally become a destination? As the focus shifts from the CAZ to outer London, how is Croydon building a mixed-use walkable town centre that is truly liveable?

13:00 Arrivals and networking lunch
14:00 Conference session
16:30 Afternoon tours
18:00 Networking drinks at Boxpark Croydon

This afternoon session will bring together local stakeholders, including council representatives, occupiers, developers and investors to look at how this investment is opening up new opportunities across the borough.

Lunch and presentations will take place at TMRW,  a leading co-working space and hub of tech startups, before afternoon study tours explore key projects taking shape across the borough. Tours will end at Boxpark Croydon for networking drinks. 


Tour options are: Growth Zone, Culture and Housing. See below for details.  

This on location forms part of the London’s Towns programme, where we are investigating regeneration and growth across outer London, for more information please click here.

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Speakers include Toggle

Councillor Paul ScottChair of the Planning Committee, LB Croydon
Piers Gough, 
PartnerCZWG Architects  

Becky Golland, MD, TMRW Tech Hub 
Steve Sanham, Managing Director, HUB Developments
Paula Murray, Culture Director, LB Croydon 
Stuart Cade, Partner, MICA
Colm Lacey, Managing Director and CEO, Brick by Brick 
Anna Reiter, Director, Tyrens 
Matthew McMillan, Development Director, Boxpark
Lee Parker, Director of Growth, LB Croydon 
Darren Richards,
Strategic Planning Manager (Frameworks), Greater London Authority 
Tatiana Von Preussen, Director, vPPR Architects
Roger Hawkins, Partner, Hawkins/Brown
Anisha Jogani, Deputy Team Leader Placemaking, LB Croydon
Gavin Elliott, Principal, BDP
Luke Tozer, Director, Pitman Tozer Architects
Phil Coffey, 
Director, Coffey Architects 
Sally Lewis, Director, Stitch
David Mellis
, Private Sector Development, OnSide Youth Zones
Oliver Bulleid, Associate Director, Mae

Further speakers to be announced…

Tour Options Toggle

Growth Zone - Tour A
Led by Lee Parker, Director of Growth, LB Croydon 
Exploring key Growth Zone projects, from the completed and planned to the potential, this tour will focus on the transport and infrastructure improvements currently taking shape, and the uplift in the surrounding commercial and retail spaces. Leaving from TMRW we will explore Fairfields Hall, the Old Town and West Croydon, before looking at Westfield and its surroundings.

Culture - Tour B
Led by Paula Murray, Culture Director, LB Croydon
Starting with a short briefing at TMRW, we will gain insight into the Borough of Culture BID, Croydon’s culture programme and the activities currently activating spaces all over the borough. This tour will cover the High Street and the night time economy, Croydon Art Store and meanwhile uses, plus Croydon’s flagship development, Fairfields Hall. 

Housing - Tour C
Led by Colm Lacey, Managing Director and CEO, Brick by Brick
From Taberner House and Ruskin Square to Brick by Brick and their Small Sites Programme, this tour will investigate major new housing developments currently underway across the borough. The tour will take in projects in the town centre, before heading to Boxpark for a briefing on Small Sites, hearing from the architects involved in the programme.

Ticket Information Toggle

Ticket Cost £299 +VAT
NLA members and partners are entitled to discounted tickets at NLA On Location conferences.
If you experience any issues whilst making a booking please contact Katharine Rankin or call 020 7636 4044 
If you would like to become a member, and would like to discuss membership options please contact Aurelia Amanitis or call on 020 7636 4044.
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