Saffron Square

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Saffron Square
Saffron Square Tower, Croydon, London.jpg
Saffron Tower after completion in 2016
General information
AddressWellesley Road
Town or cityCroydon
Country United Kingdom
Construction started2011
ClientBerkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd
Height134 m (440 ft)[1]
Technical details
Structural systemWSP Group Plc
Floor count43
Design and construction
ArchitectRolfe Judd
Structural engineerManhire Associates Ltd.

Saffron Square (formerly known as Wellesley Square) is a town square and high-rise building in Croydon, United Kingdom. The purple and red Saffron Tower is currently the second-tallest building in Croydon.

Saffron Square 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. The area was developed by Berkeley Homes. Planning permission for the tower was given in April 2008,[2] and construction began in 2011, with completion in 2016.


Saffron Square in May 2014

In the mid-2000s, the development of tall buildings was being encouraged in the London Plan, which would lead to the erection of new skyscrapers over the next few years as London went through a high-rise boom.[3]

By 2008, 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.[4][5] 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.

Saffron Tower was nominated for the 2016 Carbuncle Cup for the ugliest building of the previous 12 months,[6] but the award went to Lincoln Plaza in Docklands.[7]


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. ^ "Pinnacle Apartments". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Saffron Square" (PDF). Berkeley Homes. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  3. ^ "London - Full Summary of Projects". Will Fox, Retrieved 2006-12-15.
  4. ^ "Tower Crane Arrives At Saffron Square". 24 June 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Saffron Square". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2016 shortlist unveiled". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  7. ^ "Carbuncle Cup 2016: Luxury flats dubbed 'embodiment of sea sickness'". BBC. 7 September 2016.

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