Saffron Square

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Saffron Square
Saffron Square, Croydon.JPG
Saffron Square in May 2014
General information
Address Wellesley Road
Town or city Croydon
Country  United Kingdom
Construction started 2011
Completed 2016
Client Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd
Height 134m
Technical details
Structural system WSP Group Plc
Floor count 43
Design and construction
Architect Rolfe Judd
Structural engineer Manhire Associates Ltd.

Saffron Square (formerly known as "Wellesley Square") is a town square and high-rise building in Croydon, United Kingdom being developed by Berkeley Homes. Planning permission for the tower was given in April 2008.[1] The site, on main Croydon thoroughfare Wellesley Road, had lain fallow for over ten years. The project aimed to start in 2008 with completion in 2012, however, construction started in 2011. By June 2013, the tower's construction was well underway with its final completion expected in 2015.[2][3] As of early 2014, a large part of the project had been completed. Upon completion, Saffron Square would be the tallest residential tower in Croydon, with 414 private apartments and penthouses. The vision is to deliver a mixed-use development.

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.[4] It is part of the Croydon Vision 2020 regeneration plan for the London Borough of Croydon to add to its goal of being London's Third City.

Saffron Square was nominated for the 2016 Carbuncle Cup for the ugliest building of the previous 12 months.[5]


Saffron Tower after completion in 2016. It is currently the tallest building in Croydon

Berkeley Homes' proposals for this key northern gateway site include:

  • A new town square accessible to all and integral to the design. Offering a public environment to the large number of people who work in Croydon.
  • A 43-storey tower incorporating a light feature to the Croydon skyline.
  • Approximately 800 new homes, a proportion of which will be for affordable/key worker housing. 10% will be for shared ownership housing.
  • 3,000 m² of retail floorspace including shops, restaurants and cafés surrounding the public square.
  • Sustainable initiatives to minimise the scheme's impact on the environment. A significant proportion of the site's energy requirements will be met by on site renewable energy sources.[citation needed]
  • Creation of improved permeability and safeguarding of future pedestrian links between East and West Croydon stations.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Saffron Square" (PDF). Berkeley Homes. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Tower Crane Arrives At Saffron Square". 24 June 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Saffron Square". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "London - Full Summary of Projects". Will Fox, Retrieved 2006-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2016 shortlist unveiled". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 

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