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What is Brent Cross, London? 

Brent Cross London is a £1.4bn scheme to transform Brent Cross, doubling the size of the existing centre to create a world-class retail and leisure destination. This will provide new retail space and leisure offers, including new restaurants, a cinema complex and a hotel, in addition to bringing improved public spaces, a new town square and an enlarged and relocated bus station. The plans are a key part of the larger £4.5bn regeneration plan for Brent Cross and Cricklewood.

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 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 redevelopment of Brent Cross, 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 Thameslink 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 Aberdeen Standard Investments received detailed consent for the redevelopment of Brent Cross 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 Brent Cross introducing up to 150 new retail stores, 50 restaurants, a state-of-the-art cinema complex, a hotel, a new town square, a relocated and enlarged bus station as well as improved public spaces. 

In July 2018 the decision was taken to defer the start on site for the development works due to increased market risks in the UK with the intention to start once conditions are more settled.

Did you hold a public consultation? 

A four-day public exhibition was held in November 2016 at Centre Court at Brent Cross. The exhibition provided information on the proposed plans and was staffed by members of the project team and the centre's management team. For more information on consultation for Brent Cross, London please visit the consultation page.

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

Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments submitted a reserved matters (detailed) planning application to the London Borough of Barnet in May 2017. The Phase 1B (North) reserved matters 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 Aberdeen Standard 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 Brent Cross. More information can be found here.

Outline Planning Permission was granted in 2010.

Brent Cross South will incorporate:

  • 6,700 new homes with a mix of properties for sale, private rent and affordable rent
  • Up to 4 million square feet of new office space providing 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 centre remains relevant to its customers, it is important that we now transform the centre into a modern shopping, dining and leisure destination so that Brent Cross continues to be a destination for the best global brands and experiences.

Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments’ £1.4 billion investment will transform Brent Cross 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. As a comparison, Trafalgar Square is aproximately 130,000 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 homes
  • Brent Cross town square
How will the current centre be affected by the development? 
Brent Cross will remain open throughout construction.
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 42 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, restaurants and hotel groups; the response so far has been good. They share our excitement. 

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

What leisure amenities can we expect to see? 

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

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.

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

Brent Cross London represents one of the largest projects of its kind and will deliver a new town centre within Greater London which, along with improved infrastructure, will promote substantial economic growth and a sustainable mixed-use environment.

When will construction work begin, and when is the expected opening date? 
In July 2018 the decision was taken to defer the start on site for the development works due to increased market risks in the UK with the intention to start once conditions are more settled. Construction timescales will therefore be confirmed in due course.

The redevelopment and refurbishment of Brent Cross remains a key part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration vision and Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments will continue to work alongside the London Borough of Barnet, Argent, Transport for London and Highways England to deliver the scheme. Multinational engineering and construction company, Laing O’Rourke, was chosen as the preferred contractor for the main construction works 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.
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 Aberdeen Standard 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 in October 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 roads, cycling and pedestrian routes.