Croydon Council has approved plans for the demolition of Taberner House, formerly the Council's headquarters.
Starting from next month, the 19-storey building will be deconstructed one level at a time, until the demolition is completed around January 2015.
Taberner House has been in use as council offices since 1967 and until the end of last year accommodated around 1,800 staff. In 2008, a review highlighted the need for significant repairs to the building which would have represented a substantial cost to Croydon taxpayers, so the decision was taken to move to a new building (I’ve explained why this is good value for money in a previous blog post).
Planning permission was granted for the new council headquarters, Bernard Weatherill House, in October 2009 and at the end of last year staff moved there from Taberner House and a number of other council offices.
With Taberner House now standing empty – and it never having been an aesthetic addition to the Croydon skyline (although I will always remember it being lit up at Christmas fondly) – it’s time for it to go.
More information on the demolition works will be available throughout the process at www.croydon.gov.uk/tabernerhouse.