It sits across the street from 10 Degrees, a 135-metre-tall building also designed by HTA Design that previously claimed the title of tallest modular housing scheme.
HTA Design worked with developer Tide to complete the project and it was built from 1,725 volumetric modular units that were placed around a concrete core and above a concrete foundation.
HTA Design aimed to create a building that utilised modular construction, but has an appearance that was built on Croydon’s architectural heritage.
“The main concept for College Road is to take Croydon’s iconic mid-century modern heritage and reinvent it for 21st-century city living, using world leading volumetric technology and new housing typologies to address London’s housing shortage,” HTA Design partner Simon Toplis told Dezeen.
The shorter tower contains 120 affordable homes, while the taller one has 817 rental apartments and amenity spaces, including a podcast studio, spa with a sauna and steam room, gym, coworking space and a sky garden on the rooftop.
HTA collaborated with Tigg + Coll Architects on the interior design of College Road’s studio and one-bedroom apartments.
“College Road is the product of extensive research into successful models for high-density shared living and was the first project to be approved under the Greater London Authority’s co-living asset class policy,” said HTA Design managing director Simon Bayliss.
“Every aspect of the development was designed to offer residents the most liveable private space, while also having the free enjoyment of truly fantastic communal facilities.”