Essex House was built in 1961 and was previously the HQ of British Rail. It was demolished in 1998 and the plot, which has been vacant ever since, is now being developed as a pair of 44 and 38-storey skyscrapers.
The development, situated opposite East Croydon station, is set to house over 500 residential dwellings together with ground floor offices and shops. Residents will enjoy two rooftop gardens on the 27th and 43rd floors, together with an enclosed winter garden.
The towers are likely to soar above the 43-storey Saffron Square, stealing the title of Croydon’s tallest building, although it may be a short-lived trophy as Lansdowne Road’s 68-storey tower is also currently in the making.
Illustration for the Essex House (101 George Street) development. Photo: Tide Construction Ltd.