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Exploratory Park August 2020 i

Exploratory Park

Brent Cross Town may still be under construction, but its first green space is already here for all the family. Sport, music, or simply quality time in the fresh air – come and get a taste of our future.

What is the Exploratory Park? It is exactly what the name suggests: A park where people of all ages can explore, have fun, and get a taste for Brent Cross Town.

The new town’s very first green space 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 there’s outdoor table tennis, workout equipment, and even a basketball court.

If it’s your creative juices that need a workout you can play the triangles hanging off a wooden frame. And if you’ve already worked up an appetite then it’s perfect for picnicking.

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.

The Exploratory Park sits where the Rosa Freedman Centre and Clarefield Park used to be, and 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.

The Exploratory Park in Claremont Way is open every day from early morning until dusk.

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Brent Cross West

As a new Thameslink Station, Brent Cross West will connect people to Central London in under 15 minutes with up to eight trains per hour. 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 South development and include a vibrant new Station Quarter.

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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.

Brent Cross West railway sidings

Railway Sidings

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 current railway sidings are being 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.

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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 will be 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 is being built by DB Cargo.

The Council has received a planning application for the development of a new concrete batching plant which is proposed to be located on Plot 3 of the existing Rail Freight Facility operated by DB Cargo (UK) Ltd. Details of the planning application can be viewed on the Council’s planning portal by searching reference number: 20/4817/FUL. The Applicant (Capital Concrete Ltd) has also set up the following website where further details of the proposal are provided, including contact details should you have any questions you wish to ask Capital Concrete

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Brent Cross South

The new town centre and neighbourhood at the heart of the development will be served by the new Brent Cross West Station. With its vibrant high street, improved schools and community facilities, as well as new squares and open spaces, Brent Cross South will also bring 6,700 new homes which will be a mix of affordable homes, rentals and private sales and commercial offices.

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Brent Cross London

Brent Cross revolutionised shopping when it opened 40 years ago and now its owners, Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments, are reviewing plans to expand the existing shopping centre and associated infrastructure.

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Plot 12

The northern L-shaped building will provide 120 replacement homes for residents of the Whitefield Estate as well as welcoming additional residents. The homes will be built around a new pocket park.

Road work taking place at Junction 1

Southern Junction 1

Highways improvement works will be carried out by Conway Aecom at the Claremont Road / Cricklewood Lane / Lichfield Road junction. This will include the widening of the lanes to improve traffic flow.

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Southern Junction 2

Highways improvement works will be carried out by Conway Aecom at the Cricklewood Lane / A5 Edgware Road / Chichele Road. This will include the widening of the lanes to improve traffic flow.