Room with a view: Croydon Council HQ opens doors for last time as part of Open House London


The building is one of the five tallest in Croydon and lends great views across the capital.


By Liane Lau

Taberner House will open its doors to the public for the last time tomorrow as part of Croydon Council’s £121million relocation project.

As part of an Open House London event, the 18th floor panoramic viewing gallery in Croydon Council’s old HQ on Park Lane will be open to visitors from 11.30am-3.30pm on September 21.

On a clear day, visitors are able to view the major landmarks across London, including Wembley Stadium, Canary Wharf and The Shard.

Exuding an air of the 60s, the high rise is one of the top five tallest buildings in Croydon, falling short behind the old Nestle Towers and the Whitgift Centre.

The historic building was named after Ernest Taberner OBE, the town clerk from 1937-1963, and has stood tall since its opening in 1967 – forming an integral part of Croydon’s skyline.

There will be a chance to speak to an officer on the day about the building’s history.

The council started the process of moving to Bernard Weatherill House on 6 September.

The relocation aims to gather 75 departments on Fell Road in a ‘one-stop shop’, named by the council as the Public Services Delivery Hub (PSDH).

The closure of 11 council buildings will save £2million of taxpayers’ money a year.

It is unclear what Croydon Council have in store for the growing collection of empty council buildings. revealed last Friday that Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle, who are in a 28 year exclusive partnership with Croydon Council, were in talks with developer Essential Living to turn the old council HQ into 200 ‘high-end’ homes.

Paul Spooner, executive director of planning and environment at Croydon Council, was unavailable for comment.

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