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30th March 2015

College Green development moves a stage closer

The redevelopment of College Green, a scheme with Fairfield Halls at its heart, has moved a stage closer.

Croydon-based consultancy Mott MacDonald, of Sydenham Road, has been appointed as the lead consultant for the project, which promises to breathe new life into Croydon’s cultural offer.

Meanwhile Rick Mather Architects, which has a strong track record in renovating theatres including the Royal Festival Hall and Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre, will be a key player in the project team.


An artist impression of the scheme which is subject to planning permission

The project team’s objective will be to deliver a planning application for the College Green area, which includes a full scale refurbishment of the famous Fairfield Halls and potentially a new entrance from the Ashcroft side of the building onto College Green.

Mott MacDonald was lead engineering consultant for the Sage Music Centre in Gateshead and for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

“This is a wonderful opportunity on so many levels,” said Paul Bates, Mott MacDonald’s divisional director.

“As a locally based company, the regeneration of Croydon’s cultural quarter is of huge significance to so many of us who live and work in the town.

“We also look forward to helping reinstate the Fairfield Halls as one of the most prestigious venues in the country for entertainment and the performing arts.”

The team begins work on the College Green project next month (April) with a view to submitting a planning application by autumn this year.

The regeneration of College Green is central to the revival of Croydon’s cultural quarter, and has the potential to offer an innovative and inspiring area with a lively and sustainable mix of homes, offices, shops and restaurants.

The wider scheme will create a high quality public space and provide a through route to and from East Croydon station, quickly connecting visitors with Queens Gardens, the Clocktower, Surrey Street and Exchange Square.

Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s executive director of place, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Mott MacDonald who were selected because they offer a clear vision for the redevelopment of College Green.

“It is fantastic that they are also a Croydon-based company, and bring with them the knowledge and expertise of Rick Mather Architects.

“This represents an important step forward in the cultural regeneration and economic development of the town centre.”

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