THE REGENERATION OF CRICKLEWOOD
Historically, Cricklewood Broadway has suffered from being located between three London Boroughs (Barnet, Brent & Camden) and accordingly there has been little ownership in relation to public realm improvements. However, there now seems to be real impetus in improving matters and there are a number of major regeneration, transport and infrastructure projects planned as follows:-
The Brent Cross redevelopment is Barnet Council's £4.5 billion regeneration scheme and is one of the biggest in Europe. The vision is to create a thriving town centre with attractive, high quality homes and green spaces with the shopping centre being refurbished by Hammerson PLC at a cost of £1.4bn and to provide 150 new stores..
The new Thameslink “Brent Cross West” station to be delivered by Barnet Council in partnership with Network Rail. It has already secured Planning Permission and will open in 2022 linking Cricklewood to King’s Cross St Pancras in under 15 minutes.
Matalan, 317 Cricklewood Broadway : Acquired for £22m in December 2016. Matalan’s lease runs until 2020 but there are plans for a comprehensive residential led redevelopment.
194-196 Cricklewood Broadway : Planning Permission received in January 2018 for a 35,000 sq ft Asda foodstore and 96 self-contained flats over ground and 6 upper floors. There will be a basement car park for the Asda and another level will be added to Beacon Bingo’s car parking, for the use of residents, and there’ll be basement parking for supermarket shoppers.
Co-Op Store at 1-13 Cricklewood Lane : Acquired in 2017 for £15m and Planning has been submitted for 187 flats over 6-15 storeys with retail at the ground floor designed by Squire and Partners. A fantastic piece of architecture (see image below) but with only a 5% Affordable Housing provision (as opposed to the 35% as recommended) it is likely to be refused.