Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Garden Bridge to Go Ahead over the North Circular; the PS5bn Brent Cross South Masterplan Includes a Green Link from a New Neighbourhood to the Revamped Shopping Centre. by Ruth Bloomfield

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Garden Bridge to Go Ahead over the North Circular; the PS5bn Brent Cross South Masterplan Includes a Green Link from a New Neighbourhood to the Revamped Shopping Centre. by Ruth Bloomfield

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Byline: Ruth Bloomfield

THE idea of a Garden Bridge over the Thames may have sunk without trace but next summer work will begin on a green bridge spanning the heaving lanes of the North Circular.

This landscaped walkway will link a new north London suburb with thousands of new homes and a station offering fast Thameslink trains to the City to the much-needed revamp of London's oldest shopping centre.

Work on the bridge, plus a PS1.4 billion reboot of 41-year-old Brent Cross Shopping Centre will start next year after Barnet council granted planning permission last month. Almost simultaneously, developer Argent Related, which is responsible for delivering 6,700 new homes plus almost three million square feet of office space, lodged a planning application for the first phase of about 300 flats at Brent Cross South. Work is due to start within 18 months, the homes will go on sale in the middle of 2019, and the first residents will move into their new homes in 2021.

the next king's cross? Argent Related's PS5 billion project will take 15 to 20 years to complete, and the firm a joint venture between a US developer and the British team behind the regeneration of King's Cross will be working for architectural variety with a range of different designers. The 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 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. …

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