Apollo House

Croydon’s architecture: the beautiful and the damned

Posted on July 2nd, by Emma Duchat in Culture. 1 Comment

Enjoying the buildings that form a backdrop to our CR0 life

Ah, Croydon. Where else can such a wonderful collection of post-war architecture be found in such a compact area? Right out of East Croydon train station, the 50p (or threepenny bit, as it was known in a previous life) building presides over the area in all its hexagonal glory. Or maybe it’s octagonal. It’s definitely polygonal, … Read More »

The ‘cool kids’ are taking a shine to Croydon again

Posted on September 6th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. No Comments

The Citizen’s Editor-in-Chief and founder of Croydon Tours takes a sceptical look at Croydon’s newfound trendiness

There actually being a Croydon National Trust guidebook, it is safe to say, would be a dream come true for me. One of the things that I enjoy boring my friends, media pundits, fellow editors, writers, and just about anyone that will listen with is that Croydon is a lot more … Read More »

The Croydon buildings that point to the cosmos

Posted on November 6th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 3 comments

We direct visitors to ‘the visa office’, but Lunar House and Apollo House show us how to reach for the stars, says Sean Creighton

The names of Croydon’s Lunar House and Apollo Houses on Wellesley Road in central Croydon were inspired by the landing of the Apollo 11 mission on the moon in 1969. This was a major success for the United States in the Cold War … Read More »

Office conversions need to stop

Posted on August 12th, by James Naylor in Economics & Business. 12 comments

The extension of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to offices has transformed Croydon at a speed not seen since the ’60s. But now – as then – it’s getting out of control

In the 2012/2013 financial year, Central Croydon was sporting office vacancy rates worse than central Detroit. A quite astounding 52% of available space was empty; literally millions of square feet of unused space, including thirty-five entirely vacant buildings.

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Sea of Tranquility

Posted on January 7th, by Andrew Dickinson in History. No Comments

The moon landing defined parts of Croydon, with a huge redevelopment in store, Andrew Dickinson searches for more great inspiration

Our civic forefathers gave us Lunar House and the nearby Apollo House in central Croydon. The inspiration for their names was taken from the NASA Apollo program, which climaxed in the 1969 when man landed on the moon touching down in the Sea of Tranquility … Read More »