Plans for The Queen’s Gardens, formerly known as Town Hall Gardens, include the introduction of a central children’s play area and two new squares that would improve access to the gardens. A new café is also planned for the park.
Elements of the garden’s original features, which date back to 1896 and include walls and a sunken garden, will be retained to celebrate the park’s Victorian heritage. The plans completed public consultation last month.
The park redesign goes hand in hand with the regeneration of Croydon Council’s former headquarters, Taberner House, designed by architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) for London-based developer HUB and Bridges Ventures. The project features 500 homes and 13,000 sq ft of retail and commercial space.
The Queen’s Gardens have been reshaped several times in their history, with the current design opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth II in 1983. Taberner House was built to house Croydon’s Town Hall in 1968 and demolished in 2014 following the council’s decision to redevelop the site.
Building work is expected to begin in 2018, subject to planning approval. The proposals for Taberner House and The Queen’s Gardens form part of the Mid Croydon Masterplan, a wider project to regenerate this central area of Croydon.
A public exhibition of HUB’s plans for Taberner House and The Queen’s Gardens was held in Croydon at Friends Meeting House on 19 January 2017.
Director of Grant Associates Andrew Grant said: "Queen’s Gardens has a tangible sense of history and is the most important green space in central Croydon. We are looking forward to working with the local community to develop designs to regenerate the gardens and create new public spaces and a playground that will reinforce the community character of this green oasis."