No. 1 Croydon
ONE Croydon looking east
|Former names||NLA Tower|
|Address||12-16 Addiscombe Road|
|Town or city||East Croydon, London|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Richard Seifert & Partners|
ONE Croydon (or the 50p Building, formerly the NLA Tower, the Weddingcake or Threepenny bit building) is a skyscraper at 12–16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, London, next to East Croydon station. It was designed by Richard Seifert & Partners and completed in 1970. It has 24 storeys and is 269 feet (82 m) high. 'NLA' stood for 'Noble Lowndes Annuities'. The growing town of Croydon attracted many new buildings to be built in the 1960s including ONE Croydon. In recent years, 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.
It is Britain's 88th tallest tower, and an example of original 1960s architecture.
A refurbishment programme costing over £3.5 million was completed in early 2007. It included a six-month exterior cleaning project, new lobby, landscaping and common areas, and refurbishment of the top ten floors to provide 74,543 square feet (6,925 m2) of high spec, air-conditioned office accommodation.
A substantial amount of work had already been done to improve the façade of the tower. It was identified in a Channel 4 programme as one of the UK's top eyesores. A spokesman for building restoration firm Triton said: "Work is running to schedule and within budget."
In November 2014, a branch of Sainsbury's Local was opened in part of the former courtyard on the north side of the building, effectively forming a part of the structure. The new building attracted criticism on aesthetic grounds and also in respect of safety due to its proximity to the Tramlink track bed.
ONE Croydon was originally known colloquially as the Threepenny Bit building, due to its resemblance to a number of threepence coins stacked on top of each other. After the coins stopped being used following decimalisation the building eventually gained the alternative nickname the 50p building, as it also resembles a stack of the now more familiar 50p pieces; and it is also referred to as The Wedding Cake. For many older Croydon residents, however, it is and remains the "Threepenny Bit Building". This building was also used as an establishing shot in the opening credits of the UK sit-com Terry and June, before the better-known garden sequence.
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