Saffron Square is a dramatic addition to the drab cityscape of central Croydon. It consists of five podium blocks (now occupied) around a triangular landscaped plaza, as well as a striking 43-storey purple-clad tower (exterior complete but as yet unoccupied) that is visible from several miles away. The location is exceptionally good for transport, sitting almost equidistant from East and West Croydon stations and next to the tram and bus routes on busy Wellesley Road.
This report presents the findings of LSE London’s mid-term social sustainability study of Berkeley Homes’ Saffron Square development in central Croydon. It sets out what residents said they appreciate about living at Saffron Square and what they think could be improved; it assesses the quality of design and management of the scheme; and it offers some recommendations for the future of Saffron Square and for similar developments elsewhere.