BRENT CROSS LONDON
Brent Cross Shopping Centre is to undergo a £1.4bn redevelopment by its owners, Hammerson and Standard Life Investments.
Having revolutionised retail when it opened 40 years ago, the proposed plans to transform Brent Cross Shopping Centre form the main element of Brent Cross London, which is part of a larger £4.5bn regeneration plan for Brent Cross and Cricklewood, for which Hammerson and Standard Life Investments received outline planning consent in 2010.
The plans will renew and revitalise this significant quarter of North London into a new urban village as part of the emerging town centre. The main elements of Brent Cross London include:
· More than 1 million sq ft of retail and leisure space
· More than 40 new restaurants, a cinema complex and hotel accommodation
· A town square that will become a hub for leisure and entertainment activities
· An enlarged and relocated bus station
· Improved public spaces, including a new Riverside Park
· New homes
· New employment and training prospects for local people (up to 3,500 retail jobs and 5,000 construction opportunities)
Ensuring the scheme remains relevant to changing retail and consumer demands, the new centre will attract leading international and UK retail brands alongside space for local and pop-up businesses and concept stores to test consumer appetite for the latest trends.
The new scheme will double the size of the existing centre and will retain flagship John Lewis and Fenwick stores. The scheme will deliver a new Marks & Spencer anchor store and all three were part of the original Brent Cross when it opened in 1976.
A major new addition will be the creation of a market level on the upper floor paying tribute to London’s popular foodie heritage. Set to be a destination in its own right with restaurants, food stalls and producers, the architecture for this quarter will be inspired by the urban markets in London.
Brent Cross London will also benefit from parks, a main town square and riverside landscaping delivering new pedestrian routes. A new living bridge, a green landscaped boulevard will span the North Circular creating a connection from Brent Cross London to the wider regeneration taking place to the south of Brent Cross London.
A new website (www.brentcrosslondon.co.uk) has also been launched providing key information about the plans and a further opportunity for people to provide feedback to the project team.