TQ3265 : Whitgift Centre, Wellesley Road

taken 8 years ago, near to Croydon, Great Britain

Whitgift Centre, Wellesley Road
Whitgift Centre, Wellesley Road
This vast shopping centre, covering eleven acres and the largest in London until the Westfield in 2008, was built in 1965-70, planned by Anthony Minoprio and designed by Fitzroy Robinson & Partners. Above the shops are car parks, a tower (left of shot, TQ3265 : Rothschild House, Wellesley Road), two taller office slabs and a smaller one (on the right), beyond which is Wellesley Road.
Between the 1950s and the 1970s Croydon experienced a burst of commercial development unparalleled anywhere else in the country. The impetus was provided by the Croydon Corporation Act of 1956 which gave Croydon Council powers to develop land in the borough. A combination of improved roads, government incentives to relocate from, and Croydon's proximity to, central London, and lower rents attracted employers in their droves. By 1970 about six million square feet of office space had been provided in central Croydon. Development has continued since, but at a much slower rate. From a distance the skyline is impressive (the nearest this country comes to Manhattan), but the problem is that few of the buildings are of architectural merit.
The taller block in the distance is Lunar House (TQ3266 : Lunar House, Wellesley Road).
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Date Taken
Sunday, 31 July, 2011   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012
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Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3238 6585 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.5767N 0:5.9622W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3239 6572
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