Schroder UK Real Estate Fund (‘SREF’) has been granted consent for a second landmark office building at Ruskin Square, signifying another major milestone for its 2 million sq ft development adjacent to East Croydon station.

Significant progress has already been made at the £500 million scheme with the first 180,000 sq ft office now topped out and a first residential building due for completion this summer.

Now the newly consented second commercial building, larger at 250,000 sq ft and standing 63m tall, will deliver a further 200,000 sq ft of offices, with retail and dining at ground floor. Award-winning international architectural practice, Make designed the 13-storey second building drawing on the vernacular architecture of the Croydon borough setting while ensuring animation at ground floor through the retail entrances and their connection with the public realm surroundings.

With Croydon set to become London’s biggest growth centre with more than £5.25bn of investment over the next five years, Ruskin Square is being speculatively developed by SREF in partnership with developer, Stanhope PLC.

Centrally placed between Croydon’s central business district and East Croydon Station, and minutes from Central London, it is creating a thriving new community for people to live, work and play at the node of this increasingly desirable London borough. On a nine acre site, up to 2.5m sq ft of new accommodation will be delivered including 1.25m sq ft of much needed high specification offices, retail and dining, public spaces and up to 625 homes.

Redwood Consulting is appointed to provide communications support and proactive PR to raise the profile of Ruskin Square. Drafting and issuing the announcement following planning approval Redwood was able to secure important coverage for the scheme in a range of target press publications.