The future of high street shopping is safe, especially in Croydon

Posted on April 24th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Technological advances are rapidly changing the way that we shop, and Croydon will be at the cutting edge

Back in late 2012, when the union of Westfield and Hammerson was first announced and the Croydon Partnership (CP) subsequently established to take forward the redevelopment of both the Whitgift Centre and Centrale in the heart of Croydon, the key stakeholders in the town’s current regeneration had yet to … Read More »



What does it mean to be a Crystal Palace fan in 2017?

Posted on February 17th, by Tom Lickley in Sport. No Comments

Tom Lickley is in a reflective mood after the Eagles’ latest defeat

There seems to be little need to pick apart Palace’s 0-1 defeat away at Stoke City last Saturday, rock-bottom confidence and an organised and effective home side the dominant factors.

Instead, as the Eagles seemingly slide towards another phase in the so-called ‘wilderness’ that is English football outside of the Premier League, it seems … Read More »



Crystal Palace’s burning problem

Posted on February 10th, by Tom Lickley in Sport. 3 comments

The Eagles are on their final warning

0-4 better than 0-1

Yes, you read correctly. Few would have appreciated the sentiment as Jermain Defoe slotted easily for his second and Sunderland’s fourth just before half time in the miserable defeat last Saturday, but it’s possible that a thorough thrashing is the last shred of hope for Palace in terms of firing the players up. Had the Eagles succumbed … Read More »



Restless Crystal Palace fans must rally around their team

Posted on January 27th, by Tom Lickley in Sport. No Comments

Palace fans must keep their heads up, as the Eagles are not relegated yet

Different approach, same result

A confidence-sapping late winner for Everton against Palace last time out will have further reinforced the belief that Crystal Palace’s four year stay in the Premier League is coming to a close. Without playing particularly well, the Eagles looked to have held on to their first point of 2017 before … Read More »



Allardyce needs to motivate his Crystal Palace players

Posted on January 20th, by Tom Lickley in Sport. No Comments

The ability to stay in the Premier League is there, but the manager and fans will need to unearth it

Hardly the most popular choice of a new manager for Crystal Palace, ex-England manager Sam Allardyce has done little to endear himself to supporters in his first few weeks in charge and even less to suggest that the Eagles have the talent and drive capable of keeping … Read More »



Not for profit: Develop Croydon has community at its core

Posted on November 25th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Tom Lickley addresses the criticism levelled at the Develop Croydon Conference

The Develop Croydon Conference took place on 22nd November, drawing together council members, developers, architects, investors, occupiers and community interest groups to discuss the town’s regeneration and offer the opportunity for delegates to learn about the finer detail behind the exciting plans for the town’s future.

As is often the case for these type … Read More »



The past was concrete, the future is modular

Posted on October 13th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Just as it overcame rigid architecture before, Croydon can now reimagine itself and promote new ways of living

If asked, an observer would be likely to sum up Croydon’s post-war regeneration in one word: ‘concrete’.

But despite being often described in negative terms, it wasn’t the grey blocks which stifled growth elsewhere in the latter part of the twentieth century. Successful urban masses such … Read More »



A lean, efficient Croydon in an increasingly bloated London

Posted on January 6th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 16 comments

In a special report as 2016 begins, Tom Lickley explains how a cosmopolitan, diverse Croydon town centre can fit into the world’s most expensive city

Not many Londoners will have failed to notice the transformation in the Big Smoke over the previous two decades. Out of a tired, soot-ridden and yet uniquely atmospheric capital of a faded empire, has risen a shimmering hub of global … Read More »



Croydon’s rising skyline – an opportunity not to be missed

Posted on March 31st, by Tom Lickley in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Tom Lickley explores what is appropriate – and what isn’t – in skyscraper design and planning

“And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream.” – Daniel Libeskind, … Read More »



Yo Croydon! The city is yours

Posted on February 26th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Tom Lickley considers the meaning of Femme Fierce’s street art and the range of responses it has met

Brutal, concrete and windswept. Through its long, chequered history, St. George’s Walk in Croydon has seldom sought to inspire those who walked through it. The original concept of a modern shopping precinct has long been wrenched from its grasp by the Whitgift Centre, Centrale and the bright … Read More »