The Croydon Council has unveiled detailed plans for a £750m regeneration of the Croydon town centre.
The proposed project will include the transformation of the old Fairfield Halls into an arts and cultural centre. This will involve the renovation of the entire venue from public spaces, restaurants and bars through to heating and lighting and back stage areas.
Plans also include the construction of new bar areas, a roof-top seating and dining space, and reconfiguration of the building exterior with improved integration into the surrounding public areas.
Gallery space covering an area of 2,000 sq m will be created in a new underground location to help display large-scale contemporary exhibitions.
In addition, the project will include the construction of a new purpose-built educational complex that will serve as home to Croydon College.
The wider regeneration, which will be delivered in three phases, will involve the construction of over 2,000 new homes including affordable homes, major upgrades along George Street, as well as new offices and shops.
Cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport Timothy Godfrey said: “These plans lie at the heart of our cultural ambitions for Croydon.
“Transforming College Green, building a new state-of-the-art college and creating a contemporary Fairfield will play a huge part in the borough’s revival as a major centre for arts, culture and entertainment, rivalling London’s best.”