The Fold, a one-of-a-kind creative hub for Croydon


We’re delighted to offer a first look at the recently completed communal spaces for The Fold, part of a major regeneration project on the site of the former Croydon Council Offices. It is one of four residential towers on the site now known as Queen’s Quarter, but is the only tower designated as ‘build to rent’.

The Fold presented a one-of-a-kind opportunity to design a creative residential hub for Croydon. The brief was to provide an enriched environment for future occupants including spaces to promote a sense of community and the sharing economy. Residents from a wide variety of backgrounds and at all stages of life were to be considered.

A collaborative approach was required at all stages of design and build to integrate the interiors for a new tower building designed by AHMM. M+L project lead, Radostina Stoyanova acknowledged these complexities.

“Coordinating seamlessly within an already-designed building shell, was a real challenge. The bespoke staircase connecting the ground and first floors required careful detailing that maintained a high quality of design throughout to provide a great experience for future residents.” 

Included in the scheme at ground floor is front of house reception, lounge, tea point and accessible WCs. The back of house is fitted with accessible kitchenette, workspace, washrooms and commuter facilities for employees. A bespoke electric blue staircase connects the ground and first floors – its suspended upper section is a design focal point. The lower section is clad with solid terrazzo with a neatly concealed recessed handrail. The top of the staircase reveals an open plan arrangement with a range of spaces including a tea point, share library, a variety of co-working spaces and lounge with soft seating.

Topping the building at level 35 is a fully accessible rooftop terrace framed by 1.6m high glass screens. The screens act both as a wind break and balustrade and present spectacular 180° views of South London. The terrace is a focal social point with a variety of planting and seating. The internal space on Level 35 consists of a spacious media room with soft seating, a large fully fitted kitchen and casual dining area where residents can host special events.

Photography: Timothy Soar