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Old June 30th, 2013, 05:33 AM   #1
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LONDON | Saffron Square | 134m | 44 fl | T/O

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 (150.9m including spire) 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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Old June 30th, 2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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Its going ahead at last! I love the look of this building from the renders, it looks much bigger than it is.
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Old July 1st, 2013, 04:36 PM   #3
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Hmm... Colourful.
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Great.
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Old July 4th, 2013, 04:04 PM   #5
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Old July 4th, 2013, 04:25 PM   #6
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The colors infused in the facade remind me of the William Beaver House in NY.
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Old July 5th, 2013, 02:01 PM   #7
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Hmm... Colourful.
not so enthusiastic?
I think it will look pretty cool.
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Old July 6th, 2013, 03:37 PM   #8
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Wow, I think this could look pretty nice!
It's interesting, that's for certain.
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The base of the new highrise phase was completed last year along with the earlier lowrise phase of Saffron Square. A sales and marketing suite is open for the new tower.

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Old October 14th, 2013, 08:05 PM   #10
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Cool new tower for london. some more towers begin construction in January and April, so more density for Croydon.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 01:33 AM   #11
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Very cool design for that area + lol at that TESCO Express store.
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Sorry, but I hate cladding like this. Random glass and plastic everywhere...
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Old October 15th, 2013, 05:21 PM   #13
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This is going to look fantastic!

great addition. With a dedicated marketing suite there I presume this is definitely going ahead!
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This is going to look fantastic!

great addition. With a dedicated marketing suite there I presume this is definitely going ahead!
Yes, it's been under construction for two months now, the base is already done, with another two towers going up in Croydon soon (175m and 200m) this will look great
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Yes, it's been under construction for two months now, the base is already done, with another two towers going up in Croydon soon (175m and 200m) this will look great
Thats awesome! Good news then.

This is hopefully going to be a tower where it looks much better in real life than the renders lol.
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This tower looks amazing, the corenis eight floors high now, there are other towers under construction now and another two begin construction in january, the morello tower 174m and the odalisk 200m, croydon will be another cool cluster for london
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This tower looks amazing, the corenis eight floors high now, there are other towers under construction now and another two begin construction in january, the morello tower 174m and the odalisk 200m, croydon will be another cool cluster for london
Yeah, I'm just fearful that this design will age very quickly. It's not the most beautiful design in the world. I am hoping that it will look a lot better in real life than in the designs - similar to 20 FS.
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Yeah, I'm just fearful that this design will age very quickly. It's not the most beautiful design in the world. I am hoping that it will look a lot better in real life than in the designs - similar to 20 FS.
I'm afraid that this one will probably look cheap, unfortunately. Good height though.
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I'm afraid that this one will probably look cheap, unfortunately. Good height though.
agreed. Yeah that's true... atleast it's not in Central London!
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