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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 station is due to be open in 2022.
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, nine bus stops, two rapid transit system stops, 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.
Claremont Park will be the first permanent park of the new neighbourhood to be completed. This is a neighbourhood park with open green spaces and facilities for people of all ages. These will include benches and picnic tables, a pond with a decked platform, cycle routes, play and exercise equipment, and a fun trail which guides visitors on an exploration of the park.
A number of stopping up orders are currently in place, allowing rights of way to close so that work can be carried out.
Detailed consent was granted in October 2019, and work began in June 2021. Access between Brent Terrace and Clitterhouse Crescent will always be maintained during this work via a new footpath which was created earlier this year.
The three-storey temporary visitor pavilion in Claremont Way will showcase Brent Cross Town’s masterplan and vision. In keeping with the carbon-neutral goals of Brent Cross Town, RED Construction Group are building with a low-carbon, innovative cross-laminated timber (CLT) superstructure which eliminates the need for a steel frame and features a timber-clad façade.
The public had their first glimpse when a public consultation was held in the summer, and work began in December 2020. The Pavilion will be the first building completed in Brent Cross Town when it opens to visitors by the end of 2021.
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.
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.
Plot 13 will consist of 356 homes, a cinema and 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.
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.
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.
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.