A more cohesive and accessible local town centre

Cricklewood was a place that had major issues with identity. Local residents struggled to say where the town centre was and would spend most of their leisure time elsewhere. Our project has kick started Cricklewood into becoming a more cohesive, accessible and thriving local town centre. Cricklewood is a fascinating area of London, politically divided by three separate council boundaries, whilst also being along one of London’s most important arterial roads, the A5.

Cricklewood sits within three London Boroughs: Camden, Brent and Barnet. This meant consulting with three times the normal number of council stakeholders. In addition, there was a ‘town team’ and a group of local residents and workers that were involved in the original bid.

Gort Scott was appointed in August 2012 to lead a large multidisciplinary Design Team including Polimekanos Graphic Designers, Haberdashery London Lighting Designers and Spacemakers Agency. The team delivered shop fronts and building improvements, shop forecourts, shop window displays, site activation, new festive lighting, graphic identity and community website and contributing to public realm (with Robin Lee/ East) and a design charter. All aspects of the project were completed successfully and on budget.

This project involved a high degree of consultation, both formal (meetings with officers from the three boroughs, the GLA and other Stakeholders), as well as informal time spent on the ground ensuring that the local businesses and community are involved in the project.

Further information


Barnet, Brent, Camden
Project type
Urban design
Completed, 2016


London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Barnet, London Borough of Camden
Gort Scott Team
Jay Gort, Fiona Scott
Robin Lee, East (Collaborating Architects), Polimekaons (Graphics), Haberdashery (Lighting Designers), Regeneration Agency (Placemakers)
Thomas Ball


  • BD Awards 2016: Masterplanning and Public Realm Architect of the Year - Shortlisted

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