Computer image shows how Westfield would transform Croydon

Computer image shows how Westfield would transform Croydon

Computer image shows how Westfield would transform Croydon

First published in Local news Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor

This CGI image shows how the face of Croydon would be changed with the creation of a Westfield shopping centre.

The Australian retail giants will publicly unveil plans for its £1bn project to redevelop the Whitgift Centre on Thursday, July 5.

During a four-day consultation, details of the development, including the layout of 1.5m sq ft of retail space, a cinema, bowling alley and restaurants, the creation of 5,000 jobs and between 400 and 600 new homes, will be on show.

The right to develop the site is disputed by Westfield, who have support of landowners The Whitgift Foundation, and Hammerson, the chosen bidders by the majority leaseholders.

John Burton, Westfield’s director of development, said: "Since 2008 we have successfully, and swiftly, created two of Europe’s largest shopping centres that have regenerated Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush and delivered thousands of local jobs during one of the most difficult economic environments in a generation.

"Together with The Whitgift Foundation, our plans are to bring a world class centre to Croydon, which deserves a retail solution that meets the needs of its local residents and businesses without compromising on quality or style.

"Our plans will bring an outstanding shopping, leisure and residential development to Croydon and will kick start the wider regeneration of the town."

The consultation will take place in North End adjacent to the Whitgift Centre on Thursday and Friday July 5 and 6 from 11am to 4pm, Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from noon to 4pm.

Full plans are expected to be submitted to the council following this consultation.

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10:29pm Wed 4 Jul 12

xeepo says...

Westfield definitely have my vote! Not least because a single owner for pretty much the whole of Croydon would be a disaster in terms of competition - but also because they have done such amazing (and speedy!) jobs not only in Stratford and White City but also in the likes of Derby and Merry Hill too! I think Croydon could do with at least one organisation with some money and a sense of urgency about them.
Westfield definitely have my vote! Not least because a single owner for pretty much the whole of Croydon would be a disaster in terms of competition - but also because they have done such amazing (and speedy!) jobs not only in Stratford and White City but also in the likes of Derby and Merry Hill too! I think Croydon could do with at least one organisation with some money and a sense of urgency about them. xeepo
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6:27pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Jon10 says...

xeepo: I agree, with reservations. We do not need an increase of 1000 in car park spaces.

And there has been speculation in the press that Westfield will take over Hammerson!
xeepo: I agree, with reservations. We do not need an increase of 1000 in car park spaces. And there has been speculation in the press that Westfield will take over Hammerson! Jon10
  • Score: 1

9:55am Fri 6 Jul 12

Banbury Joe says...

Heads up... look, Stratford had a killing last week "Gangs" Blah blah... these areas all suffer from "Gangs" roaming around malls and shopping centres... Croydon has exactly the same problem "Gangs and crime" get over yourselves... you can't polish a turd end of
Heads up... look, Stratford had a killing last week "Gangs" Blah blah... these areas all suffer from "Gangs" roaming around malls and shopping centres... Croydon has exactly the same problem "Gangs and crime" get over yourselves... you can't polish a turd end of Banbury Joe
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