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The site includes the former Nestle Tower (also known as St George’s House), St George’s Walk, the Grade II listed Segas House and various buildings, mostly from the 1960s, made up of shops on the ground floor and offices above.  The site is immediately opposite the Town Hall and the Queen’s Gardens on Katharine Street.  Fairfield Halls and Croydon College are across Park Lane from St George’s House and Segas House.

Queen’s Square is one of the most important redevelopment sites in Croydon town centre and has the potential to link the cultural quarter around Fairfield Halls, the civic quarter around the Town Hall, the shopping and leisure quarter along the High Street and the emerging Westfield development to be delivered by the Croydon Partnership.  A number of previous proposals for the site have been considered historically however none of these proposals were ever delivered.

Plan

R&F Properties purchased the site in 2017 and has since been considering how to bring forward the site to best contribute to the town centre’s renaissance.  In summary:

Plan
St George’s House (Phase 1) involves the conversion of the former Nestle Tower to 290 new homes. Preparatory work started on site in summer 2018 and more information will be provided to neighbouring businesses during the programme of works.
Plan
Queen’s Square (Phase 2) involves the redevelopment of most of the site to provide a new town square opposite the Town Hall, along with a range of commercial uses, which could include shops, restaurants, offices and other workspaces, on the ground floor with new homes above.
Plan

In order to allow construction of Phase 2 to begin as quickly as possible R&F Properties is looking to start demolition on part of the site this year. Croydon Council granted permission for this in September 2018.

Plan
Demolition in preparation for Phase 2 construction is intended to begin before the end of the year. The work will involve demolition of the majority of the buildings across the site apart from the Grade II listed Segas House which is adjacent to St George’s House and 1 Katharine Street which faces the High Street.
Plan
The emerging scheme for Phase 2 is currently being discussed with Croydon Council and wider stakeholders. A public consultation is due to be undertaken later in the autumn.