Renovation works are to start this weekend in Croydon’s Old Town, which will transform the area while preserving its heritage.
Around 30 building and shop fronts will benefit from cleaning and repainting, new shop signs, the restoration of historic features such as pilasters, as well as new awnings and security shutters. These will be completed in June.
Works are also due to start at the end of March on widening and repaving footpaths in Church Street and part of Frith Road, as well as installing new cycle parking, trees and seating.
These are due for completion in September, and will also see improvements to two listed buildings – 27 and 61-63 Church Street.
In November last year, the council’s cabinet approved the Old Town Masterplan, which sets out the role the area will play in the wider regeneration of Croydon town centre, and provides guidance for future developments.
It outlines the importance of high quality developments, and focuses on improving streets and public spaces, as well as upgrading pedestrian and cycling routes.
Old Town contains several iconic heritage assets, including three conservation areas, Croydon Minster, Surrey Street pumping station, Surrey Street Market, and Old Palace School, the former 10th century residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury for more than 500 years.
These current works taking place are part of the Connected Croydon programme, a £50m project to transform the town centre through improvements to the high street and infrastructure.
“Croydon’s Old Town is home to some of our most historic buildings and has a major role to play in the wider regeneration of our town centre.
“Church Street is a great place to wander and shop. As well as long established businesses, new ones have taken opportunities to create a secure and successful future for themselves.
“While looking ahead to the new, it is vital we don’t forget the past, and these works will help to revitalise this very important part of Croydon.”
Councillor Toni Letts, cabinet member for economic development