Detailed plans for £1.4bn Brent Cross development revealed

By Kasmira Jefford - Friday, May 19, 2017 9:29

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Hammerson and Standard Life Investments have lodged a detailed planning application for the £1.4bn redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre, which will add more than 200 new stores to the scheme and bring major infrastructure improvements.

Brent Cross London is the northern element of the wider £4.5bn regeneration plan for Brent Cross and Cricklewood, for which Hammerson and Standard Life Investments secured outline planning consent in 2010.

The detailed plans, submitted to Barnet Council, will see the existing shopping centre double in size to around 2m sq ft to create space for more shops as well as 60 restaurants, a cinema complex and a new hotel.

Designed by award-winning architects: Callison RTKL and Chapman Taylor, the proposed development also includes 7,600 car parking spaces, a new town square, and relocated and enlarged bus station as well as improved public spaces. 

John Lewis and Fenwick will be retained and a new Marks & Spencer anchor store will be delivered. All three were part of the original Brent Cross, which revolutionised retail when it opened 41 years ago in 1976.

Brent Cross London will also benefit from much improved public realm and pedestrian, car and public transport links. A new living bridge, a green landscaped boulevard – which received planning consent in 2015 - will span the North Circular creating a walkway for people from Brent Cross London to the regeneration being delivered by a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council to the south of Brent Cross London for the very first time.

Hammerson and Standard Life, which are also in the process of searching for a funding partner for the scheme, said the plans reflect the results of extensive community and stakeholder consultation in the Brent Cross area in November 2016.

On average, 88% of those who commented on different aspects of the development plans were supportive of the proposals put forward by the development partners. 

Subject to planning consent, preliminary work on the development could start as early as summer 2018.

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