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Exploratory Park August 2020 i

Exploratory Park

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 there’s 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 when it’s opened .

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.

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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 Town 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 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

One of the first sets of buildings to be constructed will be Plot 12. This will include 120 replacement homes for Whitefield Estate high-rise tenants in a welcoming modern building set 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.