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Claremont Way is the entrance to Brent Cross Town and offers residents and visitors a growing selection of independent shops and food outlets. Local retailers include Happy Face Pizza and Karma Bread Bakehouse who opened alongside AFG Food and Wine and Cricklewood Coffee Roasters.
The area has also been transformed by a large-scale public artwork, which covers the gable wall on the parade of shops on Claremont Way. Created by Finnish-born London-based artist Annu Kilpeläinen, and inspired by feedback from locals, the striking mural shows a blossoming flower being held by three different hands set against a bright blue sky; and provides a warm welcome to passers-by.
Find out more about the inspiration behind Brent Cross Town’s first public artwork here.
For more information about the retailers, opening hours and what’s coming next visit Brent Cross Town.
Brent Cross West eastern entrance
Architects Studio Egret West has devised a light, airy and attractive design which features a roof canopy of glazed panels resting on timber columns. Vines will be connected to ground floor planters by a wire trellis system, and ornamental trees will sit in the entranceway, as part of a wider vision for extensive planting and other ecological enhancements throughout the station.
Cycle parking for 68 cycles will be provided within the new eastern entrance building, alongside two lifts and escalators up to the new station overbridge that provides an important new pedestrian route across the Midland Main Line.
The eastern entrance of Brent Cross West train station was granted planning permission in November 2020, with work due to begin in early 2021.
The transport interchange in the Station Quarter will link the surrounding area with the new Brent Cross West train station.
At present the completed plans are for two double bus stands and nine bus stops. At the station’s eastern entrance, just a few minutes from Claremont Park will offer new ways to board the 189 and 326. Over at the western entrance, the 316 bus will terminate and leave from the station.
There will also be 30 motorcycle parking spaces, 100 bicycle stands, 15 taxi stands; and ten 20-minute parking spaces plus four drop-off parking spaces.
Three schools will be rehoused in brand new buildings as part of the Brent Cross Town project, including an expanded Claremont Primary School.
The primary school will stay at its current location, but is being expanded and renovated as part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme.
Once the work is complete the school will have capacity for up to 630 pupils, plus 40 nursery places or up to 80 part-time places. There will also be an Additional Resource Provision (‘ARP’) for children with autistic spectrum disorder.
New buildings will include a theatre space and other rooms that can be booked and used by the community, as well as a Multi-Use Games Area.
The school will gain permanent sports facilities on site, with additional permanent sports pitches on Clitterhouse Playing Fields. Public access will be permitted to sports facilities outside of school hours.
The Welcome Hub is located off Highfield Avenue, just outside Brent Cross underground station. It is a welcoming community venue providing residents and visitors alike with information on Brent Cross Town and the wider scheme.
Linked with our larger Visitor Pavilion on Claremont Way, it is open every Thursday from 4-8pm, and on weekends from 11am – 3pm.
Claremont Park is the first permanent park of Brent Cross Town which opened on the 9 June 2022. This is a neighbourhood park with open green spaces and facilities for people of all ages.
There are exciting new features that we invite you to explore at the park, including a new pond, a nature-inspired play park, a sports zone and 300 new trees which have been planted alongside wildflower meadows. There is also a locally run kiosk called Gussy’s Ice Cream Parlour serving ice cream, drinks, fruit, pastries and sandwiches.
The main park entrance is adjacent to Brent Cross Town’s Visitor Pavilion. We encourage all of our visitors to walk, cycle or use public transport where possible. Limited, new parking has been provided near Claremont Way and visitors should not park on Brent Terrace, Clitterhouse Crescent or the surrounding area.
Claremont Park is open everyday from 7am – 8pm.
To find out more about the park facilities and how to get here click here.
PB Donoghue (Chase New Homes)
As part of the long-term plans for the area, the site has planning permission to be redeveloped for housing to provide 251 homes. This is part of the existing outline planning permission for the regeneration of the Brent Cross Cricklewood area. Not only will this mean new housing sooner in the overall development programme, but also has the potential to have a positive impact on air quality and traffic in the area by removing the HGV traffic from Claremont Road and other surrounding residential neighbourhoods.
The Visitor Pavilion on Claremont Way was the first building to be completed at Brent Cross Town and threw open its doors to the public in December 2021. Built by RED Construction Group, the new low-carbon community hub uses cross-laminated timber (CLT), eliminating the need for a steel frame and features a timber-clad façade.
Inside the well-used dog friendly venue you will find Spruce & Larch Café, offering customers amazing coffee, delicious bakes and a growing collection of houseplants for sale, as well as an exhibition space showcasing the vision for Brent Cross Town, its homes, workspaces, leisure and community spaces.
The Visitor Pavilion’s exhibition space is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm (with a late opening on Thursday until 8pm).
A team of friendly welcome hosts are available to introduce you to the plans for the Brent Cross Town and show you around the model.
Spruce & Larch Café is open daily.
Clitterhouse Playing Fields
Clitterhouse Playing Fields is at the heart of our vision for our new park town, a 44-acre park that will offer local people new opportunities to take part in sport and play. The playing fields will cover an area equivalent of 22 football pitches, and the existing planning permission which has been granted includes a range of traditional sport and play facilities plus a pavilion.
We want to make sure that the playing fields meet the needs of everyone who lives, works, and visits the area now and in the future. Whether it’s enjoying a family picnic, a walk with your dog, a game of football with friends or just somewhere you can go and relax after a busy day, Clitterhouse Playing Fields will be an inclusive, accessible, and welcoming space that everyone will benefit from.
Three public consultations ran in October 2021, March 2022 and September 2022 inviting the community to share their thoughts on the designs of the playing fields. Almost 700 people in total visited the in-person exhibition events and viewed the consultation online. Your feedback, ideas and comments shared during the consultation periods have helped shape and refine the proposals for Clitterhouse Playing Fields.
In November 2022, Related Argent submitted a planning application for the proposed improvements to Clitterhouse Playing Fields to Barnet Council, as the Local Planning Authority, who carried out a six week statutory consultation.
In October 2023, Councillors of the Strategic Planning Committee unanimously voted to approve the planning application.
The planning application will be referred to the Secretary of State for their consideration, before the Local Planning Authority can issue a decision. Comments will be taken into consideration by the Local Planning Authority in their determination of the planning application.
You can find all the application documents by visiting Barnet Council Planning Team’s public access web page and using the case reference number 22/5617/FUL.
New FAQs have been shared on the plans for Clitterhouse Playing Fields. You can read them here.
Find out more about the Clitterhouse Playing Fields consultation here: bxt.uk/cpfconsult
Due to be completed in late 2025, Plot 1 will include offices and educational uses on the upper floors with flexible retail space on the ground floor. The building is located adjacent to the new Brent Cross West station and will feature attractive facades that will create a sense of arrival to Brent Cross Town. The development will make use of highly sustainable, innovative building techniques and will aim for a BREEAM rating of excellent.
Brent Cross Town may still be under construction but its first green space, the Exploratory Park, has already opened.
The new park is perfect for younger visitors, with a climbing pyramid, seesaw, swings, monkey bars, and a long snaking yellow slide running down the middle.
For older visitors who want to burn off some calories there is an outdoor table tennis, workout equipment, and even a basketball court.
The Park is the vision of local residents who helped design it with East Architects. Safety is a high priority, with clear lines of sight across the park, and green lawns catch the sun while the benches are shaded by trees, with a security guard on duty during daylight hours.
The Exploratory Park sits where the Rosa Freedman Centre and Clarefield Park used to be, just off Claremont Way. Although temporary, it will remain in place for several years until the new and improved Claremont Park opens permanently. Many of the Exploratory’s trees will become part of that new park too.
Architects Bennetts Associates has designed Plot 19, which will be in the Brent Cross Town office district, in the Station Quarter next to Brent Cross West station.
The design for Plot 19 will create a unique and sustainable place for office workers, as well as provide retail space to be enjoyed by those who live close by, work in or visit Brent Cross Town.
The nine-floor building will have a rooftop terrace for office workers. The retail space will be on the ground floor. While the retail operators will be decided in the future, the team at Brent Cross Town is committed to finding the right fit for the community.
Read more here.
Plot 13 is a residential building ranging from 8 to 16 storeys. It is will be around the central private courtyard and facing onto the High Street South, providing a further 249 homes also within the build to rent tenure.
The plot will include a cinema and a community centre across two buildings, which are up to 16 storeys high, arranged around a private courtyard.
There will be a shared basement parking area with neighbouring Plots 12, 14 and 15, and a shared gym with Plot 12.
It will be based in the Market Quarter Development Zone, at the heart of Brent Cross Town.
Plot 14 will be made up of 281 apartments in the Market Quarter Development Zone at the heart of Brent Cross Town.
On the ground floor there will be cafes, restaurants and shops facing the new Neighbourhood Square where seating will be able to spill out into the square making it an active and vibrant place.
The development is proposed as a purpose-built rental scheme, often known as Build to Rent (BTR), where the intention is to offer tenancies to residents for longer terms, typically three years or more and where the whole block is coordinated and managed by a single management company.
The scheme includes amenities for tenants including a swimming pool and gym.
Plot 15 will be made up of 279 homes spread across four buildings, with retail and café space on the ground floor. It will offer a mix of studio, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments including 50 homes for affordable rent.
It will link Market Square and Station Square and sit close to the new High Street South.
Residents will have access to a communal gym and garden, as well as two rooftop terraces.
The L-shaped building on at Plot 25 will be home to upwards of 660 students from universities across north and central London.
This building is being delivered by Fusion Students, the specialist student housing provider.
The scheme, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, comprise a 23 storey tower flanked by two 10 storey shoulder blocks and will be one of the first buildings built in Brent Cross Town. Staff will be on site 24 hours a day, managing the day-to-day running of the building as well as providing services and support to students.
The plans also include a pedestrian walkway which will link Brent South Shopping Park to the new Brent Cross Town high street, and commercial units on the ground floor which will have flexibility to be occupied by a range of town centre uses.
Primary Sub Station
The primary substation sits next to London’s A406 North Circular, at the busy junction with the M1 motorway, and next to the new Brent Cross West station, which is due to open this year.
It will supply electricity to all of Brent Cross Town, including the 6,700 new homes, 3 million sq ft of offices and new retail and leisure spaces, as well as to the low-carbon district heating and cooling networks operated by Swedish energy company Vattenfall. Brent Cross Town will source all electricity supplies within its control from 100% renewables sources.
The 21-metre-high and 52-metre-long permanent public artwork called Here we come, here we rise has been created by London-based artist, Lakwena in collaboration with architects, IF_DO. Read more here.
Plot 202 will be a residential building and will be the first to offer homes to buy.
The residential building will consist of 8 storeys arranged around a central private courtyard and facing Claremont Park. It will provide 180 homes across a mix of 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom units available on the open market to buy. It forms the southern portion of the Plot 12.
Plot 203 will be the second market-sale residential building at Brent Cross Town.
The residential building will consist of 8 storeys arranged around a central private courtyard and facing Claremont Park. It will provide 107 homes across a mix of 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom units available on the open market for rent as a purpose built, build to rent product. It forms the southern portion of the Plot 13.
Brent Cross West
Brent Cross West station will offer connections to central London in 12 minutes, with up to eight trains per hour.
The station will also have direct links to Gatwick and Luton airports, and connections to Eurostar services from St Pancras International. It is expected that 2 million people will use the station in the first year. The station will be near the heart of the new Brent Cross Town development and include a vibrant new Station Quarter.
Waste Transfer Station
A new state-of-the-art waste transfer facility will serve Barnet and Camden, handling up to 195,000 tonnes of black bag, mixed recycling and other waste annually. Impact on nearby residents will be minimised with a state of the art odour control system, whilst a brown roof and external ‘green screening’ will help improve bio-diversity in the area.
The Brent/Cricklewood sidings have been a vital part of the railway network for around 150 years for servicing, and for drivers to join and leave their trains. The railway sidings have been moved further south to create the space for the new station. New office accommodation has been built for staff and train drivers to use with a new fuelling station for the trains.
Rail Freight Facility
A Rail Freight Facility is part of the approved masterplan for Brent Cross Cricklewood, replacing an existing strategic freight facility which has to be relocated to make way for the wider redevelopment.
This facility is being used for the delivery, temporary storage and collection of aggregate materials used in construction (e.g. gravel, crushed stone and sand for making concrete). It has been built by DB Cargo.
Brent Cross London
Brent Cross revolutionised shopping when it opened 40 years ago. Its owners, Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments, are reviewing plans to refurbish the existing shopping centre and associated infrastructure.
The first building to be constructed at Brent Cross Town is Plot 12. This will be a new affordable residential building, creating 120 replacement homes for Whitefield Estate high-rise tenants which will welcome them to their new homes late next year. Construction commenced in January 2023 and in September 2023 the ‘topping out’ was completed (structural frame is built).
Designed by award-winning Maccreanor Lavington and Whittam Cox Architects, the new one to four bedroom apartments will provide new homes for existing secure tenants and leaseholder residents of Norden Point, Clare Point and Whcycote Point in the Whitefield Estate. A small number of homes will be available via Shared Ownership schemes.
47 replacement homes are being built on a site between Brent Terrace and Clitterhouse Crescent for residents of the Whitefield Estate. They will be a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes. Works commenced in June 2021 with the installation of hoarding to secure the area. Excavations will then take place to level the ground, followed by piling to lay the foundations of the buildings.
Southern Junction 1
Highways improvement works were carried out by Conway Aecom at the Claremont Road / Cricklewood Lane / Lichfield Road junction. This included the widening of the lanes to improve traffic flow, the installation of new traffic signals and street lighting, and new footways and highway surfaces on the junction.
Southern Junction 2
Highways improvement works are being carried out by Conway Aecom at the Cricklewood Lane / A5 Edgware Road / Chichele Road. This includes the widening of the lanes to improve traffic flow.