Develop Croydon Conference | 20th November 2018 | Croydon Park Hotel



Event Partners:

London Borough of Croydon

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Ruskin Square is an exciting 2 million sq ft business, residential and leisure destination that is positioning Croydon firmly on the map as one of the most exciting places to live, work and play in the capital.

The Schroders and Stanhope development, located right next to East Croydon Station, recently welcomed HM Revenue and Customs, which has taken the entire first office building (183,000 sq ft) and preparations are underway to build the next phase of circa 200,000sq ft. 

The scheme is also home to BOXPARK Croydon, an incubator for 80 food and beverage operators, which includes a live events space.

 Residents moved into the first of four phases of residential accommodation at Ruskin Square last year. Delivered in partnership with Places for People, ‘Vita’ comprises 161 one and two bedroom apartments and plans are being prepared to develop the remaining residential phases..

Ruskin Square is set to create a total of  625 new homes in total, as well as 100,000 sq ft of restaurants and shops, and 1.25m sq ft of new commercial space.

Supporting Partners:


Westfield and Hammerson created the Croydon Partnership to redevelop the Whigift Centre into a new state-of-the-art retail and leisure centre in Croydon.  The £1.4bn scheme will help unlock Croydon’s huge potential, transforming the  town centre into a 1.5m ft² state-of-the-art retail, leisure and restaurant destination, together with new public realm, creating 5,000 new jobs, new car parking and new residential units including affordable housing.  This will act as the catalyst for the wider regeneration of Croydon, attracting new residents and visitors back to the town centre for the benefit of all local businesses, whilst delivering a safe destination for families.  In addition to key anchor stores, over 300 shops, restaurants and cafes will bring together a dynamic mix of high street fashion, independent traders, food and lifestyle brands. 

The Croydon Partnership can be followed on Twitter at @croydonpartners. 

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Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the Coast to Capital Region, contributing £2.7billion GDP and 43,000 jobs to the economy, with around 24,000 on the airport campus alone.

We actively engage with local economic partners and business groups in Croydon to support economic development and business success, examples in Croydon include the Big Breakfast networking events; Croydon Expo; Croydon Business Excellence Awards; Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyer Programme; and by inspiring young people through our Education programme.

The airport is only 14 minutes from Croydon by train and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network, providing local residents and businesses convenient and affordable access to a world of opportunity.


Menta was established in 1990 by Craig Marks Initially undertaking the strategic workout of £400m of investment and development assets, and development situations held in receiverships on behalf of KPMG.

Menta between 1995 and 2005 assembled and managed a portfolio of assets, which required development expertise and capital expenditure to unlock, as part of mixed use development and regeneration projects which were then sold. The company continues to focus on larger regeneration and development transactions with capital values in excess of £30 million, and maintains an outstanding ethos with internationally recognised consultant teams.

The regeneration is now underway with the first phase of 300 homes in Morello Quarter in joint venture with Redrow Homes which launched in March 2014.


MICA is an award winning architectural practice based in London, Oxford and Edinburgh. 

The team works across multiple sectors at a range of scales while maintaining the same attention to detail throughout. An analytical approach is applied to all projects, from strategic masterplans and landscape planning to individual buildings, conservation architecture, interiors and furniture. Through creative problem solving, engaging with stakeholders and the local community, MICA is able to solve complex problems and present solutions that appear simple in their elegance. 

The practice’s specific approach has been developed over the last four years, with projects including; strategic London-wide masterplanning for TfL; complex heritage sites at Kings College London, Lincoln’s Inn, and Jesus College, Oxford; two landscape and public realm schemes in Lancaster; and a major new London square at Centre Point. 

MICA has worked in Croydon for four years developing the Fair Field masterplan site. First Phase rejuvenation of the Fairfield halls is on site, with further phases in the pipeline including Fairfield homes and extensive public realm and landscape.

twitter: @micaarchitects
instagram: mica_architects


We are a modern multi-disciplinary property based firm providing 30+ services including:

  • Building Surveying & Consultancy
  • Business Rates
  • Commercial, Residential & Portfolio Management
  • Development Consultancy
  • Investment
  • Office, Retail and Industrial Agency
  • Lease Renewal & Enfranchisement
  • Recovery & Restructuring
  • Relocation
  • Rent Reviews
  • Residential Development & Land Sales
  • Sales, Lettings & Acquisitions
  • Town Planning
  • Valuation

We have 180 staff delivering a first-class service to clients across the South East from offices in Croydon, London, Bromley, Epsom, Crawley, Brighton, Worthing & Eastbourne. 

SHW LLP is wholly-owned by 40 equity partners dedicated to providing the best service possible to our clients, a number of which we have been providing advice for over 100 years.

Richard Plant – the Head of our South London, Surrey & Kent office – is also the Chair of Develop Croydon and has been at the forefront of promoting and implementing economic & cultural development in the Borough for the last twenty years.
020 8662 2700

R&F Properties

Founded in Guangzhou in 1994, R&F Properties is one of China’s leading developers. Today the company holds a remarkable property portfolio in many areas around the world, with the UK being its most recent. R&F Properties UK constructs quality buildings suited to the local luxury market and has bought four major London residential-led development schemes in less than a year to deliver 3,000 homes.

Steve Yiannakou
4th Floor, 95-97 Wandsworth Road
London SW8 2HG

T: +44 (0)203 9120143


Sinclair Clark, a niche practice based in the West End, was established in February 2010, by Vanessa Clark following the previous five years at Jones Lang LaSalle (now JLL) . The firm provides a wide range of services for a core list of long-standing clients. Specialisms include a deep seated knowledge and sound track record of Croydon and includes a large network of contacts established over many years. An additional expertise has been gathered in science parks and R & D provision. A new area of expertise has been added in the renewable energy sector with household name clients currently benefitting from innovative approaches to energy, repairs and renovations for occupiers and landlords alike. This additional service is handled by Mark Deverell who is a consultant to Sinclair Clark.

Services include; Office lettings sales and acquisitions, Lease renewals, all aspects of Development advice throughout the process covering all sectors and including acquisitions and disposals, asset management and investment. Constant market research underpins all advice given.


Tide Construction is a leading property development and contracting company, utilising traditional and modular construction.  We provide full turnkey building solutions using highly advanced offsite techniques through our accredited system; Vision Modular Systems, which was developed to address the shortcomings of traditional building practices.  The key benefits of our approach include reduced construction programmes, less disruption onsite and superior standards in quality and sustainability.  We specialise in Residential, PRS, Hotels and PBSA.


Willmott Dixon is a privately owned contracting and fit-out company. Being a large company means we have the scale to create a huge and lasting positive impact on our society. This is not only done through what we build and maintain – it is achieved through the fantastic efforts of all out people who make a major contribution to enhancing their local communities.

In 2014, this contribution saw us become the only company in our sector to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development, and in 2017 we won the Sunday Times’ Giving Something Back award for our focus on strengthening the fabric of society.

Follow us on Twitter @WillmottDixon



We are a leading education and care charity aimed to promote educational excellence, support carers and provide care services for older people in Croydon. Our work helps thousands of people in the local community and across the generations from one to 103 years old.

We educate 3,200 students at our leading independent schools: Whitgift, Trinity and Old Palace of John Whitgift with almost half receiving financially supported places through bursaries and scholarships. We look after more than 150 elderly residents at Whitgift Care through a range of care services including full nursing, respite, residential and day care at our 1596 Club. We also support thousands of Croydon’s carers with information, advice and wellbeing events through our Carers Information Service.

As a 420-year-old charity, we are proud of our heritage and passionate about Croydon’s future as we rely on our investment and property portfolio (including the freehold of the Whitgift Centre) to fund our charitable activities.


Follow us @1596Whitgift