URW to review Croydon scheme

Whitgift centre redevelopment faces further delays

The Croydon Partnership, a joint venture between Hammerson and Unibail Rodamco Westfield has launched a review of its plans for the Whitgift centre in Croydon. The much-delayed scheme has already been redesigned twice and now will not open until 2023 at the earliest.

In a statement the partnership said: “There currently remain challenges surrounding the UK economic and political outlook and the structural changes facing retail have put some UK retailers under pressure. Given this environment, we are currently reviewing the scheme to ensure it responds to changing retailer requirements and it is appropriate for the future.”

The CPO process is now underway for the scheme, which will be ancored by John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.

The Croydon Partnership statement concluded: “The joint venture partners remain committed to the project and the town centre and believe that Croydon has strong potential with flagship destinations outperforming over the long term. We will continue to review the development timetable and work closely with all stakeholders.”

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