University campus announced for Brent Cross
November 8, 2022
Sheffield Hallam University has been chosen by Brent Cross Town’s joint venture partners, Related Argent and Barnet Council, to open a new campus at the 180-acre, £8bn new park town at the heart of our Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme.
The Brent Cross Town campus is scheduled to open from 2025/26, with the aim of delivering courses to 5,000 students by 2030 – it will be University’s first campus outside of Sheffield and focus on recruiting locally. In Sheffield 40% of students come from within a 25-mile radius, a recruitment model we aim to recreate in Barnet.
As well as focusing its degree-courses on the subject areas its best known for, the University will conduct extensive local research to tailor its courses to meet the needs of those living in the area. It will also complement the wider higher education offer in the borough including that of Middlesex University who continue to play an important role in Barnet.
Building a new knowledge and business hub for London
Sheffield Hallam will also be the first occupier to join a 3 million square foot commercial area, which will be built next to the new Brent Cross West station. It will bring around 25,000 new jobs to the area with leading-edge companies and start-ups across sectors creating a new knowledge and business hub for London, right on our doorstep, where environmental sustainability and health and wellness are prioritised.
Sheffield Hallam will occupy half the space at ‘Plot 1’ next to the Station’s eastern entrance, which is the first commercial building to be approved at Brent Cross Town. Other office space will be provided in the rest of the building alongside retail space on the ground floor. Plot 1 received unanimous planning approval at Barnet’s strategic planning committee last month.
Net Zero Carbon Credentials
The university campus building design has a low-carbon hybrid timber and concrete structure and will use renewable energy from Brent Cross Town’s sitewide district heating network, which will provide the largest installation of heat pumps in the UK – all part of Brent Cross Town’s pledged to be net zero carbon by 2030.
Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Barry Rawlings said: “We welcome this opportunity for residents to access first class higher education at Brent Cross Town with an award-winning, nationally recognised university that has a strong record of supporting its local community. This is part of our vision, as a dynamic and innovative borough, to put communities at the heart of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, added: “I am delighted that Sheffield Hallam University will be opening its first satellite campus in Brent Cross Town, bringing a world-class educational hub, employment opportunities and new housing to the area.
“This partnership between Sheffield Hallam University, Brent Cross Town and other partners demonstrates what can be achieved when different sectors come together to invest into London’s future and help to build a better, more sustainable and more prosperous city for everyone.”
Progress across the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme
Across the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme the 4.5-acre Claremont Park opened in June and five new retailers have opened in the area, including Happy Faze Pizza, Cricklewood Coffee Roasters and Karma Bakery on Claremont Way, and Kosher Outlet on Tilling Road, which all place an emphasis on supporting local businesses.
Work also continues to complete London’s newest mainline station Brent Cross West. It will provide the gateway to Brent Cross Town as well as connecting to central London in 12 minutes.
Find out more about the vision for the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration project here.