cultural quarter


Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … Read More »



Croydon is hung out to dry, re-drawn and quartered

Posted on May 8th, by Rob Preston in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Croydon’s ‘quarters’ aren’t quite so foursquare

Everyone knows that there is no such thing as North Croydon. There’s East, South and West, and there it ends. Head north and you’ll just find yourself in a weird, noiseless void. That said, some clever person at Croydon Council has quartered Croydon up into four manageable chunks. Confused tourists will be delighted to learn that there is one piece of … Read More »



The fall of Fairfield

Posted on December 18th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 5 comments

Critics of the proposed two years’ closure of the Fairfield Halls claim the plan jeopardises its future. The halls would be mourned, says Paul Dennis, but largely by people who didn’t go

I recently visited my solicitors in my home town of Burton on Trent to tie up a bit of business. As soon as I mentioned Croydon he said: “Ah, the Fairfield Halls“. His is a … Read More »



New plans announced for College Green in central Croydon

Posted on April 2nd, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Croydon-based consultancy Mott MacDonald and architects Rick Mather, renowned for working on some of the biggest theatres in the country, is to oversee the design of the redevelopment of College Green, at the heart of which will be Fairfield Halls.

Release begins: Mott MacDonald, of Sydenham Road, has been appointed as the lead consultant for the project, which promises to breathe new life into Croydon’s cultural offer.

Rick Mather … Read More »