About Places for People

Places for People is a place-making and regeneration company who take a commercial approach to delivering social outcomes. It is one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK. In total, the group owns or manages more than 195,000 homes, operates 125 leisure facilities and provides services to more than 500,000 people.

Places for People developments

Ruskin Square is a residential development by Places for People currently featured on HomeViews. It features 161 residential units with a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments in a multi-storey tower in the heart of Croydon. East Croydon station is only moments away with connections into Central London via Southern and Thameslink services. Residents can enjoy easy access to the Centrale Shopping Centre with its range of restaurants and shops.

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Number of Developments

8

Ratings

3.80 Rating

Rating (based on 96 reviews)

Excellent

23.96%

Very Good

52.08%

Average

15.63%

Disappointing

5.21%

Very Poor

3.13%

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Livin’ la Vita loca

The first thing that always strikes me about Vita-Ruskin Square every time I return home is how aesthetically pleasing it is. The architecture is very easy on the eye and gives a very modern, luxurious feel.
The building has a communal roof terrace with great views towards London, and the site, for the most part, is kept very clean.
Apartments are spacious, light, and airy and there have been a lot of considerations made for the comfort of residents during the construction.
The fob entry system throughout the complex is also extremely secure.

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It helps massively that the development is situated literally on top of East Croydon Station. The stairs to the station are 10m from the front door. The station is so well connected, serving London Bridge in 12 mins, Victoria in 16, Farringdon/City Thameslink/St Pancras in 20-25 mins, Gatwick in 15 mins, and the majority of the South Coast/ North London peripheries directly.

There is clearly a lot of money being pumped into the area at the moment, as it is undergoing a great transition and there are new developments/eateries popping up left, right and centre.

Boxpark is a great place to go for some food or drinks, however the entire surrounding area has many restaurants and bars. It is also a massive bonus to have two decently sized shopping centres within a 10 minute walk.

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The building management isn’t great…

There isn’t a great deal of order with packages that are delivered at the weekend, and midweek performance is inconsistent.

Also seems to take quite a while to get requests processed with the building management company.

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Wouldn’t recommend

The longer you live here the more you realise it is pretty overpriced and the ‘facilities’ aren’t that great. Car park is run by a private company charging £60 a month and gym is never open. The actual layout of the buildings is a nightmare as the two buildings are very close and face each other meaning you are constantly paranoid that your neighbours can see you through the window. Always have issues with the front gate, living in this area it is important that the gates work for security but they rarely do. Nosey neighbours are a massive issue here – there is a Facebook group where everyone just tells each other off and it’s become a place where everyone is in each other’s business and it is hard to do any simple thing without someone else complaining about it. Wouldn’t recommend living here to be honest, overpriced, cheaply built and poorly designed with miserable residents in both buildings.

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Area is hartcliffe which is notorious in Bristol for being rough – lives up to its name most of the time. Reasonably Good transport to Bristol city centre but not really anywhere else.

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Terrible neighbours. Rough area. Everything is always breaking as cheaply built.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

The design of the building – when we moved into lakeshore the other building wasn’t built yet – we didn’t realise the lack of privacy the new building opposite would bring to our daily lives.

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All Show, No Go.

The initial design of the development is poor as some flats have access to the intercom and others do not, meaning some residents are not able to allow visitors in through the gates (which are always broken anyways) without having to leave their flat. The lifts are always breaking, postage parcels are constantly getting stolen due to the incompetence of the security/building management team, who despite thousands of pounds worth of parcels being stolen this month alone still refuse to accept parcels or come up with a solution to stop thieves from getting into the complex. The gym is a basic gym with simple equipment but for the cost (£35 induction and no monthly fee) you can’t really complain as it offers similar equipment to the gym over the road. The gates are always breaking, you can gain access to the lakeshore building by the second and third floor without a fob (which has been broken for at least a year) so anyone can gain access to any flat they want in either the Lakeshore or Copperbuilding development(both are linked via level 2) . And in an area which has had its issues with antisocial behaviour and thieves etc this is something which should be addressed but still hasn’t been. And the fact I have to pay £60 a month to park my car in a car park that isn’t even secure on top of rent/mortgages (that’s right you don’t get a parking space when you buy!) is just the cherry on top.

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Location is great as next to local shopping complex and with transport links into the city centre. However it is located in a rougher area so people outside the complex are not as friendly.

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The electric meters are located on the second floor and you need to have a member of the building management team allow you access to them, water meters are also required to be accessed by the building management if you do not own your own property and are renting

What is the best feature of your home:

The general lay out of the flat is smart with modern design and lots of smart storage

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Quality apartments in great location

Spacious apartments finished to an excellent standard, with amazing sound proofing considering the abundance of trains passing through East Croydon station. The apartment is flooded with natural light, with the addition of a great sized balcony overlooking the gardens. The communal areas (gardens, roof terrace) are a nice addition though upkeep could be improved. Building management, though present lack haste when responding to requests/issues. The building is in a great location in terms of reaching all the local amenities of Croydon, Central London and Gatwick Airport.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Local area is in a stage of major redevelopment – lots of new openings popping up
Great transport links

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Building management can be lax

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