London Borough of Barnet was awarded a grant from the Mayor’s Outer London Fund (OLF) in 2012, an initiative aimed at increasing vibrancy and growth along London’s high streets, to support Cricklewood in becoming a more cohesive, accessible and thriving local town centre.
Cricklewood sits at the intersection of three local authorities: LB Barnet, LB Brent and LB Camden. The town centre has suffered from a history of policy and physical interventions that lack coordination and a sense of priority. The project delivered a series of public realm improvement initiatives to bring a more cohesive look and feel to the town centre.
Underlying the physical improvements the wider project objective set out to facilitate the regeneration of Cricklewood and to support and enhance the existing retail offer. Improvements delivered included a new public space (Cricklewood Town Square) for events and markets, repaving of the town centre in high quality silver granite from Portugal, signage and lighting to the railway abutments to establish a northern gateway, the installation of the Cricklewood Clock (a restored vintage clock from the former Smiths of Cricklewood factory) and the planting of 100 trees.