Ceremony held 50 metres above ground at new Croydon development


26 March 2019

IMAGE: Representatives from Optivo, Skillcrown and Martin Arnold at the topping out ceremonyAn event has been held to celebrate work being completed at the highest point of the Verde House building in Croydon.

The ‘topping out’ ceremony took place at the top of the 14 storey development in Cairo New Road on Tuesday (26 March).

The modern development, which is due to complete next year, will include 113 new homes featuring high quality one, two and three bedroom apartments. These will be a variety of affordable homes for local people.

The scheme is being delivered by contractor Skillcrown on behalf of us, while Chartered surveyor Martin Arnold is acting as the employer’s agent for us on this project.

A ceremony was held at the full height of the development, around 50 metres from ground, and Bunmi Atta, Director of Construction at Optivo, placed a commemorative brick to mark the milestone.

IMAGE: Bunmi Atta with Salik OsmanMs Atta said: “We’re delighted to have reached this milestone at Verde House. It’s a really exciting time for Croydon with so much regeneration happening across the town centre. We’re passionate about doing our bit to tackle the housing crisis and look forward to seeing the completion of this fantastic scheme at the heart of the borough’s historic old town.”

Salik Osman, Managing Director at Skillcrown, said: “It is wonderful to see the development taking shape and reaching its full height of 50 metres. Here at Skillcrown, we take pride in developing homes of distinction and are working closely with Optivo to ensure a quality and cost-effective scheme of 113 new homes.”

Martin Lock, Director at Martin Arnold, said: “We are delighted to be working collaboratively on this landmark development with Optivo and Skillcrown, reaching this significant milestone in the project. Verde House will provide high quality affordable apartments as part of the wider regeneration in Croydon, and we look forward to its completion early next year.”

Optivo is currently involved in a number of new developments being built across the borough. This includes the 100% affordable housing scheme near East Croydon Station at Addiscombe Grove, and 81 modern homes being delivered in Milton Road.