Britain’s tallest residential building is to be built in Croydon following the local council’s granting of planning permission for the ambitious development.
The 565 foot tall Morello Tower, dubbed a ‘Vertical Street’ is set to transform the area around East Croydon station.
The building, conceived by renowned architect Ken Shuttleworth, who also designed the Gherkin in the City of London, will have 55 storeys and 433 residential units.
It is the focal point of developer Menta’s 2.5 million square feet regeneration plan for the area. The scheme also includes a 165-bed four-star hotel with 22 luxury apartments adjacent to the tower as well as shops, business spaces, community facilities and open spaces.
The plan also involves creating Cherry Orchard Square, a public space that will facilitate the access to the new station pedestrian bridge across the railway tracks.
Craig Marks of Menta said: “We are delighted that Croydon Council has accepted the recommendation of its officers to move ahead with this major scheme, which is so important to Croydon’s long-term economic growth and prosperity. Our planning application was the culmination of many years of intensive work with Croydon Council’s officers, who we commend for their ambition and vision.’’
Councillor Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, conservation and climate change, said: “Our borough is looking at the first ripples of its largest wave of regeneration since the 1960s.”
He added: “This major transformation – introducing new homes, new leisure facilities and new business openings – will breathe new life into Croydon. ”