Part of a wider £4.5 billion regeneration scheme for Cricklewood and Brent Cross in North London, for which outline permission was granted in 2010, detailed plans for the regeneration and expansion of Brent Cross Shopping Centre were submitted last week.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre revolutionised retail when it opened in London over 40 years ago. Now its owners, Hammerson and Standard Life Investments, are seeking to ensure it meets the needs and demands of the shoppers of the future. Designed by Callison RTKL and Chapman Taylor, the plans would see the centre double in size to 2 million sq. ft. of retail and leisure space. This would include 200 new retail stores, 60 restaurants, a cinema complex and hotel accommodation. The top level will hold a food market level, where food stalls and producers will be situated alongside restaurants. In addition, the bus station would be relocated and there would be provision for 7,600 parking spaces. It is hoped the regeneration will see 5,000 construction jobs and eventually 3,500 retail jobs.
The world-class retail destination forms a major element of the wider regeneration of the area, which aims to transform this part of North London. It will see a new town centre, 7,000 new homes, 3 rebuilt schools, new parks and an additional train station. Further, there will be major improvements in public transport links and road infrastructure. There will also be a landscaped boulevard bridge crossing the North Circular Road connecting the area safely for pedestrians for the first time.
Subject to planning consent, it is hoped that preliminary works on the vast project might start in Summer 2018.