Brent Cross Town is a new £7 bn, 180-acre park town in the London Borough of Barnet being brought forward in partnership by Related Argent and Barnet Council. This pioneering mixed-use, net zero carbon town is set alongside 50 acres of open space and is underpinned by core values of social connectivity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness.
Guided by four pledges; to be a net zero carbon town no later than 2030; to be a place where all can flourish; to be London’s home for sport and play; and to drive enhance transport connections, Brent Cross Town has committed to build responsibly and sustainably to create a place where people can thrive.
It is taking a whole-life carbon approach, incorporating circular economy principles, promoting sustainable transport, improving climate resilience and biodiversity. It will use 100 per cent renewable electricity for supplies controlled by the development and deliver 40 per cent reduction in embodied carbon against current standards, with a neighbourhood-wide district energy network, created with Vattenfall, providing zero carbon heating to all buildings.
It has also aligned its commercial values with opportunities to make a positive social impact. In 2021, the development delivered £1.2 million in social value to the local community through initiatives including education programmes and charitable activities. A ‘Flourishing Index’, the world’s most academically rigorous measure of collective wellbeing, is being implemented with the University of Manchester, and will track the long-term impact on community flourishing.
Key to steering the implementation of Brent Cross Town’s ambitious environmental and social goals is its Sustainability Framework. The tool enables the ongoing monitoring against progress to support continuous improvement and drive innovation.
A visionary development, Brent Cross Town is exemplary of the power of a private public partnership. It will establish a new standard in large-scale regeneration whilst also making a positive contribution to the future of London.