The construction element of the Oaklands Road Playable Street project, which will pedestrianise part of Oaklands Road by closing off vehicular access from the Broadway to Oaklands Mews, commenced on 14 September. Construction had been delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions put in place by Brent Council in March. The works are due to be completed in November.

The fruit and veg stall on Oaklands Road is open throughout the construction period.

Airlabs, which has provided a study to understand the local airflow dynamics of the site and determine the best means of intervention, is continuing to monitor pollution using sensors installed on the site and Cricklewood Broadway.

A living wall was installed outside the new residential development on the street as part of the project, and was funded by Rainbow Properties, the developer of the block of flats.

The project, which is funded by London Borough of Brent’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy Fund, was devised to address long-standing problems associated with the congested environment, air pollution and lack of public space in Cricklewood town centre.