Skyports has signed a memorandum of understanding with Brent Cross South Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council, to develop a passenger air taxi vertiport at Brent Cross Town.

The 180-acre development is in north west London, which is being regenerated as a new £7 billion mixed-use park town for the capital and was selected as a prospective location for the vertiport due to its outstanding connectivity into central London.

It is hoped a vertiport at Brent Cross Town will create the opportunity for eVTOL aircraft services between other Skyports vertiports in and around London and the rest of the UK. An interim model could be built as early as 2024, with a permanent location constructed during the development phases of Brent Cross Town.

Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, said: “This exciting project is a sign of huge progress within the industry. The very fact that vertiports are being planned for construction in mixed-use neighbourhoods such as Brent Cross Town demonstrates the direction in which the industry is moving and the increasing confidence in its success. 

“Our in-house team of airport planners, regulatory experts, airspace experts, software and hardware developers remains completely focussed on vertiports which are safe, practical and in locations which will make a positive impact on daily life”.

Brent Cross Town is the neighbourhood at the heart of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme. The joint venture is to develop a large-scale mixed-use development including new homes, retail and office space, as well as improved schools and greenspaces in the area.

Early work started on site in early 2020 and construction is also underway on the new Brent Cross West station which will be completed by the end of 2022. Building on the strengths of this diverse part of the city, Brent Cross Town will draw inspiration from the best of London’s long-established neighbourhoods with all their complexity and character. 

The new neighbourhood will provide 6,700 homes and pedestrian friendly streets and squares with local shops and restaurants that will complement the offer at Brent Cross Shopping Centre. The community will be supported by first-class public transport infrastructure, a new and improved network of walking and cycle routes and a series of new parks and other amenities.

As specialists in the planning and construction of vertiport infrastructure, Skyports will work with Brent Cross Town to share market insights and developments in the AAM industry, undertake due diligence on the site and engage with external regulatory bodies such as the UK Civil Aviation Authority and local government to obtain relevant permissions.

André Gibbs, Partner at Argent Related said: “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Skyports to provide a vertiport at Brent Cross Town and demonstrates our approach to future proof transport infrastructure. The vertiport would strengthen transport connections into and out of central London and would complement the new train station, the existing tube links, comprehensive road connectivity and cycleways.”

The Brent Cross Town team together with Barnet Council will provide the essential local knowledge to allow plans to progress, as well as lead introductions with local stakeholders and contractors, and facilitate access to enable Skyports to undertake any preliminary investigative works.