Key Facts

A major extension and refurbishment to the existing Brent Cross shopping centre in London, which was the first out-of-town retail scheme in the UK.

Brent Cross reborn

A £1.4bn redevelopment of the existing Brent Cross shopping centre will revitalise the retail offer with over 200 brands and enable a thriving night time economy through a new cinema complex, 40 new restaurants in a network of covered streets and spaces.

To breathe new life into Brent Cross, Chapman Taylor developed a comprehensive mixed-use masterplan for the scheme, designed the living (garden) bridge and seven new buildings.

The project is a major extension and refurbishment to the existing Brent Cross shopping centre in London, which was the first out-of-town retail scheme in the UK.

Living bridge

At the heart of Brent Cross will be a new town square hosting experiential events and activities. The town square will be surrounded by multi-level retail that links to a restaurant and leisure quarter.

Our design suggests that a new square is linked to the new town centre in the southern regeneration area, via a landscaped civic space - ‘the living bridge’.  The bridge will provide a seamless connection between the two centres, while enabling an essential access route for pedestrians and cyclists over the busy North Circular Road.

Scope of project

The project includes moving the River Brent and creating eight new road bridges across it, as well as three new bridges that pass over the North Circular road.

As the first phase of the £4bn Cricklewood regeneration project, the transformed Brent Cross scheme will comprise: 78,000 m² of new shops, including a new department store; a new restaurant and leisure quarter; 600 homes; two parks; a hotel; new car parks and improvements to transport links, including a new world class bus station. These will be set around new streets, landscaping and a riverside park along the River Brent, which lies within the site.

The architects working on the scheme include Callison RTKL and Chapman Taylor.

Project Info

The original shopping centre, opened in 1976, was the first out-of-town, stand-alone retail scheme in the UK and currently has one of the largest incomes per unit area of retail space in the country.

The new scheme will comprise 78,000m2 of new shops, including two new department stores, a new restaurant and leisure quarter, four hundred homes, two parks, two hotels, 5,500m2 of offices plus new car parks and improvements to transport links including a new world class bus station. These will be set around new streets, landscaping and a riverside park along the River Brent which lies within the site. The project includes moving the river and creating eight new road bridges that cross it, as well as three new bridges that pass over the North Circular road, a major 25.7 mile long gyratory road which bisects the North of London.

At the heart of Brent Cross will be a new town square hosting experiential events and activities. It is surrounded by multi-level retail that links to a rooftop restaurant and leisure quarter. It is proposed that this new square be linked to the new town centre in the southern regeneration area via a landscaped civic space - ‘the living bridge’. The intention is for the bridge to provide a seamless connection between the two centres, whilst at the same time enabling an essential access route for pedestrians and cyclists over the busy North Circular Road.

The architects working on the scheme include Callison RTKL and Chapman Taylor.