College Road, Croydon

Facade consultancy

PRA structural team were invited onsite at College Road, Croydon this week. After months of structural analysis, designs and developments it was momentous to see the building in person.

Facade consultancy

Working alongside Century Facades, we were asked to provide the facade structural design and then develop the innovative cladding substructure for College Road. Based on a similar framework we created for use at the neighbouring project, 101a George Street.

College Road is part of the regeneration development which sands between East Croydon Station and the refurbished Fairfield Halls. This 50-storey tower stands at 150m tall,15m higher than 101a George Street, is built using modular construction. It will supersede 101a George Street in holding the record of The World’s Tallest Modular Residential Building in the world.

Facade consultancy

The modular units are built offsite, arrive as pre-finished rooms are assembled onsite and rainscreen cladding is attached.

Currently the modular units are being installed around the central concrete core wall. Modular builds offer an efficient onsite method of construction, which is evident in the speed of the progress on this project.

Facade consultancy

The zig-zag profile of the tower, standing on approximately 2m reinforced concrete (RC) transfer slab.

Once on site our team were able to visit the 14th floor and see the connection points between the modules, as well as some of the façade components supporting the terracotta cladding that had been installed. 


Facade consultancy

The team were able to see a mock-up of the rainscreen cladding and windows including our cladding subframe design. This will be installed to the outside of the modules once installed in place on the building. They were able to have a close look at all the components of the cladding system and how they worked together. 


Once the 50-storey tower of modules are complete the façade subframe shall be fixed, ready for the terracotta panels to be attached.

Both College Road and 101a George Street developments are designed by HTA Design Ltd in response to the emerging London Plan policy and seek to redefine housing of this style. Carefully designed communal spaces and homes that focus on the inhabitant’s comfort, privacy and rest.

PRA are proud to have been involved in College Road and 101a George Street. Both are remarkable record-breaking modular buildings that proudly stand at the heart of the regeneration in East Croydon as part of London’s first co-living development through the GLA planning process.

Facade consultancy

College Road (r) and 101a George Street (l) used with permission of HTA Design LLP