Garden Bridge to go ahead — over the North Circular
The £5bn Brent Cross South masterplan includes a green link from a new neighbourhood to the revamped shopping centre. By
aim of Brent Cross South is to include 30 per cent affordable homes, first-time buyer homes and homes for renters. Andrew Turner, the developer’s project director, says the private homes will have “middle market” price tags. Later phases could be pushed nearer the luxury end of the market.
Homes will mostly be in buildings of six to eight storeys, interspersed with 13- to 15-storey blocks, and will range from studios to family homes. Close to the North Circular, creating an important breaker against the road, will be higher buildings of 20-plus storeys.
Turner’s job is to avoid turning the area into a vast dormitory estate filled
Brent Cross South will include homes, workspace, walking and cycle routes and schools new £1.4bn Brent Cross London shopping centre will be reached from the new town by a “living bridge”, arrowed and inset, across the North Circular road with young professionals who would rather live elsewhere if they could afford it. He says it is important to build office space for 25,000 people to prevent the area becoming a daytime dead space.
A GREAT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
“It is why King’s Cross is such a success. You have to bring people into a live-work and leisure place. The shopping centre should be an enjoyable destination, and we should be able to meet the needs of British and international businesses.”
Another essential ingredient is plenty of green space, linked by walking and cycle routes, with a “pedestrianfriendly” high street of neighbourhood shops and restaurants, along with sports facilities and schools. Within five years residents will be able to walk across the green bridge to the new Brent Cross London shopping centre with 300 shops, 50 restaurants and a cinema. The project, by Hammerson and Standard Life, will complete around 2022.
Ben Littman, development manager at Hammerson, knows shopping centres can be soulless, depressing strip-lit places, full of disconsolate gangs of teenagers getting in the way of harassed shoppers laden with bags and buggies.
“We are looking at having three separate zones with different characters.” There are early plans for a Borough Mar- ket-style “food village”, while an indoor town square area will be used for events such as ice skating and tennis. Major stores and chains including M&S, Fenwick and John Lewis will remain, but Littman hopes to encourage and bring in individual shop owners.
JOINED UP TO CROSSRAIL
Linking the new suburb to the rest of London will be a new Brent Cross South Thameslink station — there is already a Tube station, Brent Cross, on the Northern line.
Work is due to start on the station next autumn, and by May 2022 residents will have regular services to King’s Cross St Pancras in 12 minutes and Farringdon in 15 minutes, from where they will be able to pick up Crossrail services east or west.