Amro Partners – in partnership with Flemyn – secure planning approval to transform the redundant Croydon Park Hotel site into a new c.£220m GDV Build to Rent scheme – Botanical House.
Botanical House will deliver 447 homes – a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. 25% of the homes will be three bedrooms – to cater for families and to provide affordable options for sharers. 20% of apartments will also be designated as affordable and will be made available to tenants at below market value via Discounted Market Rent and London Living Rent.
Amenities at Botanical House include a roof terrace, communal lounge areas, co-working spaces, a gym/wellness centre, cinema/media room and an outdoor play area. Residents will also benefit from being a two-minute walk from East Croydon train station and BOXPARK Croydon.
The project will also deliver a 206 sqm multifunctional community room on Altyre Road. In a partnership with local charities and community groups including Asian Resource Centre Croydon, Croydon Commitment and Croydon Voluntary Action, the space will be used for social events, exercise classes and mentoring programmes.
Botanical House will be the first residential building in Croydon to achieve the highest possible sustainability standards – including BREEAM ‘Outstanding rating, Fitwel3* certification and WiredScore Platinum.
With retrofit first approach, the basement and ground floor slab of the original hotel building will be retained to save embodied carbon and minimise demolition and subsequent waste on site.
“With planning permission secured, we look forward to starting work delivering this exemplar Build to Rent project in the beating heart of Croydon. We are already working closely with the local community to deliver an exceptional new building which not only sets a new bar in terms of sustainability but makes a significant contribution to meeting high demand for quality rental homes in the borough.”Raj Kotecha, Chairman and CEO, Amro Partners
The proposals also include landscaped amenity spaces and enhancements to the streetscape, with extensive new planting and improved connectivity within the surrounding area. % biodiversity net gain will also be achieved through creating a large, communal landscaped garden, 50% soft landscaping, and 45 newly planted trees and green street frontages, retaining existing street trees.
Construction at Botanical House will start in 2024, with the development scheduled to complete and open in 2027. Once complete, it is anticipated that the development will one of the most sustainable new residential buildings in London, which will be managed by Amro’s operational platform – Amro Living.
Designed by HTA Design, Botanical House will comprise two adjacent structures connected through a central communal entrance. The key aspect to the design was a cohesive strategy for colour, materiality, grid and componentry, using a variety of terracotta finishes.
The tower and mansion block – which are at different heights – will predominately consist of the same treatment, with the crown of each building having its own identity.
“We are delighted that this BREEAM Outstanding Build to Rent scheme can progress to the next stage and we look forward to delivering high quality new homes into Croydon.”Luigi Gatti Bonati and Mark Valentine, Founders of Flemyn