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Westfield Croydon | Commercial Property Retail Update

Published: 01/04/2020

The Croydon Partnership which is a joint venture between Hammerson and Unibail Rodamco Westfield released a statement on the 2nd March 2020 providing an update regarding the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre, Croydon.

The statement read:

“The challenges in the retail industry are affecting developments across the UK. Despite this, the Croydon Partnership recognises the opportunity to create a vibrant, mixed-use development for Croydon.
We are reviewing the development to ensure it meets the future needs of the community, including a viable mix of retail, dining, leisure and uses such as a hotel, offices and residential space.

We are working closely with Croydon Council, the Greater London Authority and local stakeholders to develop the right masterplan. Croydon Council, the Greater London Authority and the Croydon Partnership held a productive meeting to discuss the time-intensive, future planning support needed for a large and complex scheme and the delivery of a more sustainable development, phased over time, which includes the refurbishment of some existing buildings. We will continue to consult with businesses and residents on their needs for the town centre which will also inform the review. The Croydon Partnership is still committed to ensuring a dynamic town centre and will work together with all stakeholders and the community to support its existing assets in Croydon.”

The updated statement didn’t provide any detail on the proposed development apart to confirm the Croydon Partnership would be working with Croydon Council, GLA and local stakeholders to develop the right masterplan which includes the refurbishment of some existing buildings, The original proposal was to demolish the Whitgift Centre and former Allders store.

The Croydon Partnership didn’t provide any update on timescale.