Croydon Vocational Tower

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Croydon College Vocational Tower
General information
Town or cityCroydon, London
CountryEngland, UK
Coordinates51°22′25″N 0°05′37″W / 51.3736°N 0.0936°W / 51.3736; -0.0936Coordinates: 51°22′25″N 0°05′37″W / 51.3736°N 0.0936°W / 51.3736; -0.0936
Construction started2007
ClientTribal Property, Croydon College
Design and construction
ArchitectNightingale Associates

Croydon Vocational Tower (or the Croydon College Vocational Tower) is a proposed mixed-use skyscraper to be built in Croydon. The high-rise building which will be built on the former low rise Fairfield Building which was built in the 1950s as part of Croydon College. Planning permission was approved by Croydon Council in February 2007, but building work has since been slow to come forward. It will be used for both educational purposes on the lower 10 floors by the college and private use as a residential tower on the rest of the 29 floors. There will also be a floor of leisure use which will be used by students of the college and residents of the tower.

If the building is built before the proposed Croydon Gateway Landmark Tower it will officially become Croydon's tallest tower and one of London's tallest 20 skyscrapers. This will take over the reign from No.1 Croydon which as of Spring 2008 is Croydon's tallest tower and Britain's 88th tallest skyscraper.[1]

The development is intended to regenerate a brownfield site just one minute's walk from East Croydon station. The building, once finished, will have 29 floors of apartments, and a structural height of 134 m (439 ft). The tower measures 119.8m in height to the top of the lift motor room, with an architectural spire protruding above this to a height of 133.8m.[2] The architecture and design of the building has comparisons with the Trump International Hotel and Tower currently under construction in Chicago.

In November 2013 a revised scheme was announced by the college and the developers.[3] As of August 2015, however, construction had not yet begun.[needs update]

In recent years,[when?] the development of tall buildings has been encouraged in the London Plan, which will lead to the erection of new skyscrapers over the next few years as London goes through a high-rise boom.[4] Unlike other building projects currently being built in the town, including 100 George Street, the Vocational Tower is not part of the Croydon Vision 2020 regeneration plan of the borough.

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  1. ^ "Britain's Tallest 100 Buildings by Height". Skyscraper News. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  2. ^ "Information on the Vocational Tower in Croydon". Emporis. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  3. ^ Jameson, Andrew (16 November 2013). "Plan for 37-storey tower on Croydon College car park". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  4. ^ "London - Full Summary of Projects". Will Fox, Retrieved 2006-12-15.

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