Developer Hammerson submits plans for 'greened-up' £1.4bn shopping centre revamp

Retail developer Hammerson has submitted detailed plans for a £1.4 billion redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London which gives the 1970s mall a horticultural makeover.

Image of how the new Brent Cross could look according to plans. Image: Chapman Taylor
Image of how the new Brent Cross could look according to plans. Image: Chapman Taylor

A new living bridge, an already-approved green landscaped boulevard across the North Circular, a new public square and other public realm improvements are included in the plans.

Barnet Council is now assessing the proposals which outline an extension with more than 200 new retail stores, 60 restaurants, a state of the art cinema complex, hotel accommodation, a new ‘town square’, a relocated and enlarged bus station as well as improved public spaces.  Brent Cross London is the northern element of the wider £4.5bn regeneration plan for Brent Cross and Cricklewood, for which Hammerson and Standard Life Investments secured outline planning consent in 2010.

Image: Chapman Taylor

Designed by award-winning architects: Callison RTKL and Chapman Taylor, the proposed development will see Brent Cross Shopping Centre double in size to around 2 million sq ft with 7,600 parking spaces. 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 in the UK when it opened 41 years ago in 1976.

If the plans are approved, preliminary work on the development could start as early as summer 2018.

Hammerson chief investment officer Peter Cole said: "This marks another significant milestone in the transformation of Brent Cross. We will create a world-class retail destination that will be the catalyst for a new and vibrant quarter. Brent Cross has been an iconic part of retail for more than 40 years and our plans seek to ensure that it continues to define the next generation of retail in London."

The application is open for public consultation until next month. 


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