Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) architects completes Queen’s Quarter, a residential development comprising of four buildings of 35, 21, 19 and 13 storeys. The development – which is in the centre of Croydon – has been completed for HUB and Bridges Fund Management.
The development is centred around Queen’s Gardens, a community-designed public park by landscape architecture practice Grant Associates. The 35-storey building includes 251 Build to Rent homes which was bought by Legal & General in a £100m deal in 2018.
The Build to Rent scheme also includes The Fold, a creative hub on the ground and first floors designed by Morrow+Lorraine. The Fold provides a range of amenities including co-working spaces, shared lounges, kitchenette, washrooms, commuter facilities and a library. On Level 35, the scheme offers residents a fully fitted kitchen, dining area and media room adjacent to a rooftop terrace.
The other three buildings at the Queen’s Quarter development include a block of 90 homes providing social rented homes, delivered to Croydon Council, and two blocks of 84 and 88 homes which have been taken by L&Q for a mix of shared ownership and London Living Rent apartments. 51% of the development is affordable.
Once home to Taberner House, the council headquarters from 1967, in 2013 employees moved to an adjacent building – earmarking the site for regeneration. The site was demolished in 2015 and construction began at the Queen’s Quarter development in March 2018 for clients Taberner House LLP and Hub Group. Construction costs equated to just over £117m – with a £2,279 construction cost per m2. Gardiner & Theobald were the Project Managers, Henry Construction was the main contractor, Whitby Wood were the Structural Engineers for the project, and the M&E consultant was DSA.