As an organisation that has been a part of Croydon for more than 420 years, we are passionate about the future of our town and its ongoing regeneration, putting Croydon on the map as a great place to live, work and play.

Croydon is the destination of choice for a number of exciting development projects which seek to change the face of the town centre. September 2019 saw the re-opening of Fairfield Halls following its refurbishment, and we were delighted to celebrate by holding our inaugural Three Schools’ Concert in the spectacular Phoenix Concert Hall. This year, we unveiled the John Whitgift Foundation Community Cube, a new addition to Fairfield Halls and a valuable community space for Croydon.

To bring the area surrounding Fairfield Halls to life and create a world-class public space, Croydon Council is running a series of free public engagement activities and consultations to help inform a new design for the Fair Field public space.

About the site

Historically referred to as the Fair Field, the space encompasses the area known as College Green between Fairfield Halls and Croydon College, the Fairfield Halls forecourt and Park Lane frontage. It also includes pedestrian routes linking the area to East Croydon and other key spots in the town centre.

The site has a long history as a venue for entertainment and social activity, hosting fairs, markets and performances before the introduction of the railways in 1860. The regeneration scheme aims to restore the site to its former name and purpose, making it a central hub for the community and visitors to enjoy.

The new glass-fronted John Whitgift Foundation Community Cube at Fairfield Halls also overlooks the area, forming another valuable facility for bringing communities together in Croydon.

About the regeneration scheme

The ambitious multi-million-pound scheme led by Croydon Council is scheduled for completion in 2022, and forms part of a wider plan to transform the area into a cultural quarter with a new residential community. With the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls now re-opened, the regeneration will provide a stunning setting for the arts centre and improve links with the rest of the town centre.

Brick by Brick, the council’s private development company, will be leading on some of the residential components of the scheme, which plans to provide hundreds of new one, two and three-bedroom homes in the heart of Croydon.

The council’s brief called for an innovative design incorporating elements of water, public art and lighting.

Have your say on the project

To help the project team in developing a fantastic design for the area, Croydon Council is running a series of open events and activities to allow the public to have a say on future designs.

All events are free to attend and open to everyone. However, booking is essential for workshops.

Public Exhibition at Fairfield Halls

Taking place inside Fairfield Halls from 13th February until 8th March, the exhibition welcomes the public to come and check out the design proposals, from 10am to 6pm every day, with extended viewing until 11pm if a performance is taking place inside the venue.

Members of the project team will also be on hand to answer your questions on 27th February from 3:30pm to 7:30pm, and on 7th March from midday to 4pm.

Walking workshops

Two walking workshops led by artists, authors and experts on Croydon will be held in February, taking visitors on a walking tour of Croydon’s town centre, visiting notable buildings and coming to an end at the public exhibition inside Fairfield Halls.

Each workshop is free to attend, however booking is essential. The two workshops being held are:

  • Polaroids of Croydon – This walking workshop series is led by author John Grindrod. Available dates are 13th February and 20th Book your place here.
  • Ghosts of Croydon – A walking and drawing workshop led by artists from TURF Projects. This workshop is being held on 20th February and 29th Book your place here.

Cut-Out-Croydon design workshop

This free design workshop is run by the design team working on the Fair Field project, taking place at Coydon College on 29th February at 2:00pm to 4:30pm. The workshop will focus on the design of a number of freestanding pavilions that are included in the current proposal. Book your place here.