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Report - Nestlé Tower, Croydon - Apr '13

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by One Flew East, May 22, 2013.

  1. One Flew East

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    To give it its official title this is St. Georges House, an 80 metre tall block, built 1964 and 24-odd storeys tall. The tallest in this borough, without a doubt. You can see for miles, and I'm not lying.
    At first, it seemed to elude our interest but by good fortune, some determined sort had created the pathway to the viewpoint, quite recently, I imagine.
    The building was the former HQ for Nestle, and then they moved to Gatwick, leaving this building to ultimately become re-modelled into flats. The office floors were stripped bare, but trace does remain of its former occupant - namely in the reception/lobby area, and also on the lift doors are vinyls depicting jolly, happy smiley people from across the globe, who've no doubt benefitted from the boundless goodwill and charity of this global company. Or not.
    Oh, and there's some great big signage on the top of the building as well.

    Croydon perplexes me somewhat, a great big cluster of commercial 'talls' out of the capital - I don't think that occurs anywhere else in any of the London Boroughs to the scale that it does here.
    The rooftop was not the tidiest I've been on, in fact it was a mess, comparitively, (big voids and drops - why can't you just make a roof nice and uniform and flat?) but I wasn't complaining too much.
    As leanrascal mentioned in his report, a couple of floors down from the roof we found two flatlets, which was slightly surreal - it was like stepping into a local-authority maisonette, but 24 floors up.

    Not a white-balance heaven, what with all the orange street lighting, which you don't get in the centre of London, but hey-ho!

    Big thanks to leanrascal for sourcing this one:thumb

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    #1 One Flew East, May 22, 2013
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