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.
A £1billion redevelopment of the existing Brent Cross shopping centre is the first phase of the £4billion Cricklewood regeneration project. It will create a new world-class town centre and retail desination for North West London.
The transformed Brent Cross Shopping Centre will have a wider range of shops alongside a fantastic new evening entertainment offer to provide the area with a thriving night time economy with a new cinema, fantastic dining options and a network of covered streets and spaces.
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.