Amongst our properties in Croydon, we are the freehold owners of the Whitgift Shopping Centre located in the heart of Croydon’s town centre.
This area of land in between Wellesley Road and North End was once occupied by Whitgift Middle School (pictured) and in 1954 re-named Trinity School of John Whitgift. To make way for the development of the Whitgift Centre, allowing Croydon to become a major retail and economic hub for South London, the school moved to its present site at Shirley Park in 1965. Today, the Whitgift Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK and the Foundation remains committed to the well-being of Croydon’s future.
In November 2011, Westfield and The Whitgift Foundation entered into exclusive arrangements to work together to explore the potential redevelopment of Croydon town centre. In February 2013, the Croydon Partnership was formed when Westfield entered into a joint venture with Hammerson Plc to combine Croydon’s two main shopping centres, the Whitgift Centre and Centrale, and deliver a comprehensive and transformational change to Croydon.
The scheme consists of 200,000 sq m including retail, leisure, residential with the potential for hotels and offices and will create over 5,000 new jobs.
Croydon Council granted planning permission to the Croydon Partnership for the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre at a special meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee on 25 November 2013. Following this decision, The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, gave his approval to the plans. In September 2015, the Government confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) which will enable Croydon Council to use its powers to purchase land needed for the £1billion redevelopment of the Whitgift Shopping Centre.