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Wednesday30 July 2014

Council backs Make’s Stratford project

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Make this week won approval for a major university building in the heart of East London’s Olympic zone, and also unveiled plans for a mixed scheme in Croydon with a 53-storey tower as its centrepiece

The Stratford project, for Birkbeck University of London and the University of East London, was backed by Newham Council’s strategic development committee on Wednesday.

A final decision will be taken by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

The five-storey building in Stratford’s cultural quarter will include rehearsal space, music rooms and a café, as well as a private garden for staff and students.

The building will be part-clad with ceramic granite panels, and there will be a number of “feature surfaces”. Yellow back-painted glass panels are one option, but a decision will not be made until the “cost parameters” are established.

A report by Newham Council planners warned: “This raises concern, as the success of the materials will ultimately determine the architectural merit of the building, and it would be unacceptable if the palette of materials currently being shown were replaced by something of a significantly lower specification.”

Meanwhile Make has revealed further details of its masterplan for Cherry Orchard Road, a regeneration scheme for Menta in Croydon with homes, shops, offices, community facilities and a hotel.

The tower, beside East Croydon station, will include 700 homes and a craft room and roof garden.

A planning application will be lodged this year.

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