The Council recently announced a major new deal to open a new Boxpark Marketplace on Dingwall Road, right next to East Croydon station.
Boxpark, which many of you will know from its world-renowned pop-up mall in Shoreditch, has joined forces with the Council and the Stanhope/Schroder development to launch at Ruskin Square early next year.
Boxpark is a shopping centre constructed of refitted shipping containers. Work has started already on the Ruskin Square site and I’m told it will include 80 units arranged around a covered courtyard space made available for year-round public events.
Just like in Shoreditch, the Boxpark in Croydon will focus its efforts on attracting small independent retailers instead of well-known brands. This will work in perfect tandem with the Westfield/Hammerson development of the Whitgift Centre to improve the quality and dramatically diversify our retail and leisure facilities in Croydon.
This is yet another sign that Croydon’s fortunes are on the up. Developments are being constructed apace in the town centre, public realm improving and businesses are all vying to get a piece of Croydon. It’s never been a better time to live in Croydon, and I’m proud it’s my job to represent such an exciting and vibrant part of the borough.