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FAQs

What is Brent Cross London? 

Brent Cross London incorporates the redevelopment of the existing Brent Cross Shopping Centre with additional retail space, new restaurants, a cinema complex, hotel accommodation, a new town square, a relocated and enlarged new bus station as well as improved public spaces.  It will become the focal part of the northern element of the larger regeneration plan for the Brent Cross Cricklewood area.

What is the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration plan? 

Brent Cross Cricklewood is a key element of Barnet Council’s regeneration and housing programme over the next 10-20 years.  The Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration area covers around 370 acres and will renew and revitalise this significant quarter of North London into a new urban village.  The area is bordered by Brent Cross Shopping Centre in the north, the A41/Hendon Way in the east; Cricklewood Lane in the south; and the A5 Edgware Road in the west, and is one of the most significant planned new developments in Europe.

As well as seeing the development of Brent Cross Shopping Centre, the whole regeneration plan is designed to provide around 7,500 new homes over the next 20 years, including affordable homes and replacement homes for the Whitefield Estate, major upgrades to the local transport network (including a new mainline railway station – 15 minutes into central London), improved public spaces and new employment opportunities for local people (around 27,000 jobs).

Can you update me on what has been happening with this project to date? 

Hammerson and Standard Life Investments received detailed consent for the redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre from Barnet Council in October 2017. This followed the securing of outline planning consent from Barnet Council in 2010 and further approvals in 2014 and 2015. The plans envisage the refurbishment and extension of the shopping centre introducing up to 150 new retail stores, 50 restaurants, a state of the art cinema complex, hotel accommodation, a new town square, a relocated and enlarged bus station as well as improved public spaces.  

Did you hold a public consultation? 

A four-day public exhibition was held in 2016 at Centre Court within Brent Cross Shopping Centre, beginning on Thursday 3 November and ending on Sunday 6 November.

The exhibition provided all the necessary information on the proposed plans and was manned by members of the project team and the centre’s management team. 

What was the feedback from the public exhibitions? 
Our 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. A total of 383 people responded to the consultation:  Views were expressed on: the refurbishment of the existing centre, new retail shops, new restaurants and bars, a new cinema complex, a new Town Square, hotel accommodation, a new and enlarged Bus Station, improvements to Sturgess Park, improvements to Brent Riverside Park (western and eastern), pedestrian and cycle routes, new housing, and a Sustainability Strategy.
How will we keep people informed of progress? 

When we have news to report, the Brent Cross London Development Team will let you know as they do now, and we will post bulletins on the Brent Cross London website, and use the various others channels that we have available.

Having received feedback, when was the detailed planning application submitted? 

Hammerson and Standard Life Investments submitted a reserved matters (detailed) planning application to the London Borough of Barnet in May 2017. The Phase 1B (North) RMA pre-application community consultation involved public exhibitions, one-to-one political stakeholder meetings and a website dedicated to the project. Consent was granted for the planning application from the London Borough of Barnet in October 2017.

How much will this project cost to bring forward? 

This is a £1.4 billion investment for Hammerson and Standard Life Investments.

How is Argent Related involved in the scheme? 

Argent Related, in a joint venture with London Borough of Barnet, will deliver the southern element of the scheme across the North Circular from the shopping centre. Dialogue with the local community about their proposals can be found here.

Outline Planning Permission was granted in 2010.

Brent Cross South will incorporate:

  • 6,700 new homes with a mix of sale, rental and affordable
  • Up to 4 million square feet of new office space providing for over 25,000 jobs
  • A new high street, with local shops and restaurants
  • Improved transport connections, with an additional Thameslink station serving the area
  • Better walking and cycle routes
  • New bridges over the North Circular, Midland Main Line and Hendon Way
  • New squares and parks with inspiring places for children to play
  • New and improved community facilities.
Is it necessary to completely redevelop the shopping centre? 

Yes, albeit the existing centre will be refurbished and reconfigured. When it opened 40 years ago, Brent Cross was the UK’s first US-style shopping mall and it has become London’s most iconic major retail destination.

However to ensure the scheme remains relevant to its customers, it is important that we now transform the centre into a modern shopping, dining and leisure destination so that the centre once again becomes the destination for the best global brands and experiences.

Hammerson and Standard Life Investment’s £1.4 billion investment will transform Brent Cross Shopping Centre into a world-class shopping and leisure destination.

So how big is the new shopping centre going to be? 

The new centre will be 2 million sq ft. 

What will this new world-class shopping destination include? 
  • Up to 150 new shops, 400,000 sq ft of leisure space, 50 new restaurants, a cinema complex, hotel accommodation and other leisure facilities
  • A new and enlarged bus station
  • Improved public spaces, including a new Riverside Park and improvements to Sturgess Park
  • New pedestrian and cycle routes
  • New residential homes
  • Brent Cross Town Square
How will the current centre be affected by the development? What will remain? 
Brent Cross will be kept operational throughout the development process.
Are John Lewis, Fenwick and M&S all staying in the centre? 

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.

Have you started marketing Brent Cross London and if so what’s been the feedback? 

Yes, we are talking to retailers, hotel groups and cinema operators; the response so far has been good. They share our excitement. 

What leisure amenities can we expect to see? 

There will be 400,000 sq ft of leisure space, including 50 restaurants, a cinema complex, hotel accommodation and other leisure facilities. 

In April 2018, it was announced that National Amusements’ luxury cinema brand, Showcase Cinema de Lux had been secured to anchor the new leisure offer at Brent Cross. This is the cinema’s first location in London and it is the first leisure brand to be announced as part of the proposed regenerated and extended Brent Cross.

The 1,800 seat, 80,000 sq ft cinema with 12 auditoriums will provide state-of-the-art innovation in film presentation, including sight, sound and design. 

How much housing will be incorporated into the scheme? 

New residential units are proposed on a plot adjacent to Layland Road and Sturgess Park. It is proposed that the plot will provide a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments but the precise number and the ratio between private and social housing has yet to be determined.

Will the redeveloped Brent Cross be an improvement on what is there now? 

The current concept for the shopping centre has evolved over a number of years and will meet the criteria of a modern 21st Century retail-led shopping centre. Furthermore, it will be characterised by diversity of urban blocks, architecture, space and mix of uses. 

Can a shopping centre really have such a regenerative effect on a town centre? 

Yes. It is vital that the extension and refurbishment of Brent Cross and highways and infrastructure are delivered. It represents one of the largest projects of its kind and is unique in that it will result in the creation of a new town centre within Greater London which will promote substantial economic growth and a sustainable mixed use environment.

When will construction work begin, and when is the expected opening date? 

We currently anticipate enabling works will begin in 2018 for Brent Cross, London and the centre extension could open in 2022. Laing O’Rourke, the multinational engineering and construction company, has been chosen as the preferred contractor following a competitive tender process. Laing O’Rourke has a significant track record of delivering major construction projects. This includes relevant experience in retail and leisure regeneration schemes such as Trinity Leeds, Westgate Oxford and Edinburgh St James Quarter, amongst others. The appointment of a contractor for the infrastructure works will be made in 2018.

Does the scheme have planning consent? 

Yes. The 141 hectare (370 acre) Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan was granted outline planning permission in 2010 and then amended in 2014. Hammerson and Standard Life Investments subsequently obtained detailed planning consent for Phase 1A North, which comprises all the highways infrastructure to support Brent Cross, London, in 2015. Detailed planning was granted for the redevelopment of Brent Cross, London in Oct 2017.

How will transport be impacted by the new development? 

We are working closely with the London Borough of Barnet, Argent Related and TfL to develop a transport plan that will provide significant improvements to the area and includes a new bus station, an additional train station and improved road, cycling and pedestrian routes.