A groundbreaking development, which will create a world-famous landmark for south London, has been signed off by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, enabling the Section 106 to be signed and the formal Consent to be issued.

The council’s planning committee had already unanimously approved the One Lansdowne development, which will feature twin towers of 68 and 41 storeys, linked by an 11-storey podium structure.

It means work on the ambitious project, which is being delivered by developers Guildhouse Rosepride in conjunction with the China Building Technique Group Company (CBTGC), which specialises in building skyscrapers, can begin in 2018.

Featuring a stunning design by world-renowned Piers Gough of CZGW Architects, the development will play a major role in addressing the need for housing and premium office space in Croydon as well as creating a tourist destination to rival The Shard.

David Hudson, chief executive of Guildhouse UK, which is developing the scheme said: “Peaking at 288 metres high, One Lansdowne will be visible from Piccadilly to Brighton, and will be a world-class building which really puts Croydon on the map.”

One Lansdowne will feature 794 residential units, 35,000 sq m of premium office space, retail, a swimming pool and gym, a public viewing gallery offering panoramic views across the capital and Surrey, and the highest bar and restaurant facilities in London.

All this will be located directly opposite the new £1.4billion retail destination, being delivered by Westfield and Hammerson, and a few minutes’ walk from both East and West Croydon railway stations.

“We are grateful for the trust being placed in us both by the London Borough of Croydon and the Greater London Authority to deliver this scheme,” added Mr Hudson.  “The great challenge for Croydon has always been to change perceptions in its own right and this will help the town to put the town on the map.”

Mark Waterstone, chief executive of Rosepride Properties Ltd, said: “One Lansdowne will also very much be part of the community with retail and leisure at ground level and the bar and restaurant on the upper floors as well as the public viewing gallery.

“Once this scheme has been delivered, nobody will be in any doubt that Croydon is not just a London suburb, but very much a destination in its own right.”

The Mayor’s go-ahead for the One Lansdowne has been welcomed by Richard Plant, chairman of Develop Croydon, who said: “To have such exciting architecture from a real visionary like Piers Gough featuring in a landmark development that will be seen for miles around is a real coup for Croydon.

“Guildhouse Rosepride spotted the unique location between East Croydon station and the Whitgift Centre, where Westfield and Hammerson’s new £1.4billion will stand, and it will be great to see the potential of this site maximised in such a way.

“The One Lansdowne development will provide a remarkable centrepiece for the regeneration of Croydon.”

Matthew Sims, chief executive of Croydon Business Improvement DIstrict, said: “The approval by Croydon’s planning committee and subsequently Mayor of London for Britain’s second tallest building is a clear demonstration of the ambition, commitment and confidence shown by investors as the town centre and borough’s regeneration activities and plans continue.

“Plans for One Lansdowne Road will offer Croydon an architecturally stunning centrepiece for those who work, live and visit the borough.”

John Payne