Brent Cross £1.4bn extension plans submitted

Hammerson and Standard Life Investments have submitted a detailed planning application for the £1.4bn redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London.

The plans, submitted to Barnet Council, include the refurbishment and extension of the shopping centre introducing 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. 

The proposed development will see Brent Cross Shopping Centre double in size to around 2m sq ft with 7,600 car parking spaces to become a world-class retail-led, mixed-use destination that will meet the demands of multi-channel retailing.

John Lewis and Fenwick will be retained and a new Marks & Spencer anchor store will be delivered.

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. 

A new living bridge, a green landscaped boulevard – which received planning consent in 2015 - will span the North Circular creating a walkway for people from Brent Cross London to the regeneration being delivered by a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council to the south of Brent Cross London for the very first time. 

Subject to planning consent, preliminary work on the development could start as early as summer 2018.

James Stevens, head of UK development, Standard Life Investments, said: “Our plans for Brent Cross London are progressive and ambitious. We are in discussions with a breadth of retail and leisure brands who are equally excited at becoming part of north London’s premier shopping centre.”

Peter Cole, chief investment officer for Hammerson added: “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.”

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