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workspace designed for well-being and maximum connectivity

The first three commercial buildings, numbers 2, 3 and 4 Brent Cross Town will be positioned around a new main square adjacent the new Brent Cross West station and collectively deliver 550,000ft2 of office space. shedkm is designing building number 3, which will provide around 240,000ft2 of flexible office/educational use and office space.

Brent Cross Town is a visionary £5 billion development in North London. The new 180-acre mixed-use neighbourhood will deliver 6,700 homes, workspace for 25,000 employees, shops, restaurants, leisure, culture and events space as well as 14,000m2 of indoor sports facilities and 20ha of parks. An educational component will see the redevelopment of three local schools, alongside new student accommodation.

Our approach emphasises design for well-being. Office spaces have been designed with an expansive double height reception, a timber floor structure, and flexible open floorplates, Generous provision of external spaces includes landscaped terraces at multiple levels, private outdoor amenity at levels 12 and 13, and a communal terrace at the top of the building with views out to landscaped parks and beyond to Hampstead Heath. A monopitch roof makes a dramatic contribution to the roofscape and celebrates the gateway to the site.

Client:

Related Argent + Barnet Council

Location:

London

Size:

  • 22,000m2

Contract value:

£80 million

Status:

Stage 3

a net zero carbon town

Brent Cross Town has pledged to deliver a net zero carbon town by 2030, creating healthy working environments and supporting the sustainability agendas of its occupiers. It has partnered with Vattenfall, a leading European energy services company, to provide a reliable and affordable zero carbon heating network, with a view to removing all CO2-emitting sources. Brent Cross Town will also reduce embodied carbon by using cutting edge timber construction technologies in its office buildings. Building number 3 is designed as a hybrid structure with a precast concrete frame and cross laminated timber slabs. Office floors feature on-floor fresh air. Chilled panels to the underside of the slabs allow the CLT to be exposed internally contributing to the visual aesthetic.

a gateway to signal ambition

A new eastern station entrance, designed in collaboration with Studio Egret West, will create an impressive welcome to this emerging neighbourhood and open up access to the lower levels of the two adjacent commercial plots.

Designed with a focus on function whilst celebrating arrival, a 13m high timber structure frames a landscaped ‘green’ entrance space, emphasising well-being and a connection with nature. A central glulam spine supports a simple glass canopy, punctured by apertures which let in natural daylight to support the growth of plants beneath.

Due for completion in 2022, the entrance will signal the wider regeneration ambitions of the scheme throughout its construction. The project will place a premium on localism and inclusivity, with 20% of the people involved in its delivery being residents of Barnet, Brent or Camden boroughs.

a new commercial ecosystem

Brent Cross Town is ideally positioned to attract businesses and sectors who share a desire to be part of a network greater than their own and hold common values of championing quality of life and sustainability. The new station will provide a gateway for new and existing communities to central London, two international airports and link to Eurostar services. Just 12 minutes from central London, the station will connect to existing tech and life sciences knowledge clusters at King’s Cross, Old Street and Oxbridge.

“we believe the future of great work lies in collaboration, and that our cities need to provide high-quality space for employees and businesses to come together.”

Nick Searl, Partner of Related Argent and Joint-Lead of Brent Cross Town