The site is a two minute walk from East Croydon train station and the adjacent and popular Box Park. The site itself has been levelled to the existing ground floor slab of the previous car park, has a securely hoarded perimeter and is currently operating as a goods yard.
Croydon College and the College Road Tower sit to the north, which provide a public pedestrian route leading to the Tapestry site. To the west is the railway and to the south is the Magistrates Court and the College Annex site.
Whilst the Tapestry site has excellent transport connections by rail and road to London and the South Coast it has become an isolated and “land locked” site. It is surrounded by transport barriers and level changes. People have used the route from the station to the former Fairfield landscape despite its challenges, suggesting that there will be even stronger footfall and desire to pass through a better design of the site.
The surrounding public realm is currently dull and unappealing, and the existing Croydon College building is a large and central presence on the site. The College Annexe building, to the south, is now unoccupied, though there is a consented scheme that will redevelop this site with animated artists space at ground level. The Fairfield Halls, to the west of the site, has recently been refurbished and opened to the public.
Discover the rich history of the Fairfield Site, a place that has been at the centre of Croydon’s cultural heritage for over 550 years. From hosting the annual Croydon Fair to becoming the location of the Croydon Technical College and Fairfield Halls, the site has evolved over time to serve the community in many different ways.
The surrounding area has also undergone significant changes, from the development of George Street as a commercial centre in the 1840s to the construction of a multi-storey car park and Nestlé Tower in the 1960s. Today, the Fairfield site is a hub of cultural and educational activities, with the Fairfield Halls, Croydon College, and nearby Town Hall building offering opportunities for residents to learn, create and connect.
As Croydon continues to grow and develop, the Fairfield site remains an integral part of the community’s identity and cultural heritage. With plans for future development, the site will continue to evolve, building on its legacy and providing opportunities for future generations of Croydon.
The surrounding area is undergoing significant change. Several neighbouring sites are either recently completed, under construction or have recently secured planning permission. These developments include:
The College Road Tower (under construction, up to 49 storeys, 937 homes)
Ten Degrees (recently completed, up to 44 storeys, 546 homes)
The College Annex Site (consented, up to 12 storeys, 93 homes)
The Fairfield Halls refurbishment
The Fairfield landscape (consented)
The Queen’s Square Masterplan (demolition on-going)
Nestlé Tower (under construction, up to 28 storeys, 290 homes)
The Queen’s Gardens (recently completed, up to 35 storeys, 513 homes)