11 October 2017

MICA showcasing in NLA’s London’s Towns Exhibition

The exhibition showcases the findings of the NLA’s insight study which examines the future growth of the capital’s outer urban centres, and highlights exemplar schemes and ideas. Our masterplanning and urban realm studies at Pudding Mill and Barking Town Centre in the East were featured, as well as our Fair Field masterplan in the South West. MICA will also be involved in the NLA event series, where we will be hosting tours in Croydon on the cultural and housing elements of our Fair Field masterplan.

Pudding Mill Masterplan 

Our vision sought to develop an exemplar piece of urban design that builds on the areas’ unique history as an industrial island whilst creating a new neighbourhood that contributes to wider regeneration ambitions within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This involved developing innovative typologies to achieve a rich mix of residential and employment uses. The masterplan outlines a new medium-density, mixed-use area, including a significant element of floorspace for small and medium sized businesses; new homes including family housing; and improved public routes to create a connected neighbourhood with a new local centre adjacent to Pudding Mill DLR Station.

Fair Field Masterplan 

Brick by Brick Croydon are implementing the first phases of the Rick Mather Architects Plans to transform this major 8 hectare site in Croydon Town Centre. The Fair Field Plan received consent earlier this year will guide £1bn of development creating 2000 new residential units over 15 years.  The first phase leads the way with the refurbishment and extension of the Fairfield Halls and the delivery of 220 residential units in the form of a new street, tower and courtyard and extensive new public realm including a much more appealing and useable urban square for the College Green and a transformed setting for the Halls and the Park Lane.  
The transformation introduces activity that will underpin the town centre’s leisure and visitor economy and reinforce the area’s heritage as the cultural and educational heart of Croydon. It will repair links severed by the shortcomings of the original architecture and urban design. The work will enhance Croydon as destination but also supply London with much needed, high quality, well equipped and well serviced accommodation for the cultural industries and hospitality and conferencing sectors.  It will build on strong existing relationships and expand appeal and access for new audiences, families, students, commerce and industry, not just from London and the southern counties, but with its excellent rail and air transport links, will increase visitor interest countrywide and internationally. 
The development of the scheme from an initial masterplan to a complex delivery plan involved extensive modelling, testing, consultation and environmental impact assessment.  The strategy maximises the impact of Phase 1 through heavy investment from the Local Authority to prove the further future potential of the whole site by creating the first wave of new jobs, new homes and new urban places. The Fair Field Plan gives the robust framework for following phases to continue to deliver a culturally and physically connected and truly mixed use quarter for Croydon.

MICA are supporting members of NLA, to encourage further research and exhibitions about architecture, planning, development and construction in London.

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