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

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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.

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