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Tower Crane Arrives At Saffron Square

The next phase of Berkeley Homes Saffron Square has begun with construction now under way on what will eventually be a 131 metre tall residential tower, the tallest in Croydon, with the arrival of the tower crane.

Although supposedly one of London's major central business districts, the skyline of the borough has remained little-changed since the completion of the last phase of major tall buildings in the eighties. Even the recent joint tallest, Altitude 25, is only the same height as the existing tallest buildings in Croydon but at 131 metres tall Saffron Square far exceeds the 82-metre height record. Indeed, if one counts the height of the tower to the tip of the spire it reaches 150.9 metres putting it in skyscraper territory.

The project, which includes the adjoining 16-floor Tennyson Apartments, has been designed by Rolfe Judd Architects who have used floral hues of pinks and purples in the cladding alongside more neutral shades in an attempt to mimic the appearance of a crocus flower. Strips of floor to ceiling glazing are set between the cladding panels to maximise the views for residents.

At the base of Saffron Tower will be V beams set in front of two levels of glazing to help form a coherent visual street line for pedestrians that ties in with improved street space along the busy traffic artery of Wellesley Road. This ground level approach can already be seen on the completed Tennyson Apartments.

There will also be substantial amounts of public space within the development as the tower and perimeter blocks enclose a new public square that will have cafes and restaurants spilling onto it in an attempt to make the development and its 3,000 square metres of retail space an attractive venue.

Originally set to start in 2008 for a 2012 finish, the tower is now expected to be completed in 2015.

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Saffron Square, Croydon
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