Brent Cross to have £4bn facelift

Major redevelopment of Brent Cross planned but likely to take 20 years to come to fruition.

Brent Cross, home to the UK’s first ever shopping centre built in 1976, is set for a £4bn makeover. In the next few weeks a planning application will be submitted to Barnet council to transform 101ha of the built-up north London area, which is dominated by busy roads and railways. The improved town centre will feature new open spaces, parks, gardens and riverside areas. Four new parks and four nature parks will be created. The Brent Cross Shopping Centre will also be extended and modernised. Steering the project is Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners (BCCDP), of which international developers Hammerson and Multiplex are members. A BCCDP representative said: “At the moment the area is very poorly planned. Different parts are largely cut off from each other by the road and rail layout. There are few community facilities. The open spaces are generous in size but poorly landscaped and under-used.” One of the parks, to be named Riverside Park, will see the River Brent rerouted. Landscape architect appointments will be finalised once planning permission has been granted. The entire project is set to take 20 years to complete.

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