Croydon mall to select bidder

THE OWNERS of Croydon’s 1.2m square foot Whitgift shopping mall will next week announce their preferred bidder for the hotly contested redevelopment of the centre.

Westfield, Grosvenor, Lend Lease and Hammerson are all vying for control of the mall, which is being revived as part of Croydon’s wider regeneration scheme.

Westfield was initially seen as the frontrunner for the job after entering exclusive talks with the Whitgift foundation, the centre’s freeholder, however Hammerson is also seen as a strong contester for the site.