Inside shopping centre
|Location||London Borough of Barnet, England|
|Owner||Hammerson and Standard Life Aberdeen|
|Total retail floor area||74,320 m2 (800,000 sq ft) on opening|
|No. of floors||2 (3 in Fenwick, John Lewis & M&S)|
Brent Cross Shopping Centre was opened in 1976. It was the country's first out-of-town and American-style indoor shopping centre in the country, with its construction taking 19 years to complete at a cost of £20 million.
On 6 November 2012, six people on three motorbikes entered the shopping centre and smashed in the windows at jewellers Fraser Hart. An estimated £2 million worth of jewellery was stolen.
Brent Cross shopping centre is planned to be extended as a part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration scheme. The John Lewis and Fenwick Department stores will remain in their current location, Marks & Spencer will move to a new location on the extended site, the bus station will be relocated, and new parks, a "living bridge" across the North Circular Road and a cinema are planned, along with new multi-storey car parks (with the existing surface carparks to be used for the shopping centre extension). Outline planning permission was achieved in 2010, and preparatory site clearance started in early 2018. Construction had been expected to start in 2018, but is now delayed until 2019.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre is located adjacent to a major interchange of the A406 North Circular Road and the A41 Watford Way, while the junction to the M1 motorway at Staples Corner is just to the west. The nearest train stations are Brent Cross tube station on the Northern line and Hendon railway station served by Thameslink trains. As part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration scheme, a new Brent Cross West Thameslink station will be built and opened in the early 2020s. The Brent Cross bus station is served by 14 different day bus routes with links throughout North London and to West London, the West End, and Hertfordshire.
The shopping centre was also featured in Ken MacLeod's science-fiction novel The Star Fraction. The action takes place in a balkanized UK, in the middle of the 21st century, and the ruins of the shopping centre are used as a local market for the anarchist enclave of Norlonto ('North London Town').