Canalside heritage and high street combine as Brentford Waterside masterplan gets ‘green light’

AHMM, Glenn Howells Architects and Maccreanor Lavington, working collaboratively, have gained approval for Brentford Waterside masterplan, as part of the design team appointed by Ballymore.

The visionary one million square foot masterplan is driven by a heritage strategy that aims to reinstate the character of the industrial site’s historic yards, together with reinvigorating and reconnecting Brentford High Street to the river Brent and inland waterways to the south, opening up the waterside for public use and enjoyment.

The residential element of the scheme will be mixed tenure and a mix of typologies including apartments, duplexes and townhouses, together with retail.

A significant number of historic buildings will be retained and restored as part of the scheme and woven into the fabric of the masterplan to capture and retain the town’s character. Having lain derelict for decades, conversion of the listed Church of St Lawrence into a health club will provide a new leisure amenity to Brentford, and its mature woodland gardens will be made accessible to the public.

A network of lanes, bridges and waterside landscape spaces designed by Grant Associates will also lend intimacy and enjoyment to the pedestrian experience, linking the development seamlessly to the new high street and wider canal side footpaths.

The variety of architecture reflects the richness of the existing site, and the materials used throughout respond to the existing and historic fabric, including brick Victorian warehouses and working industrial buildings.

Building on their specific masterplan role relating to the waterside environment, Glenn Howells Architects have designed Plot K, comprising 66 apartments within the first phase of the 11-plot master plan. Larger, generous two bedroom units have been designed to take full advantage of the prime waterfront location, with canal-side apartments featuring voluminous outside spaces in the form of four-metre projecting balconies overlooking the canal and public spaces around the dock.

AHMM has been responsible for the design of Plot C. This part of the masterplan aspires to create an anchor for the new Town Square and Workhouse Dock waterside setting, providing a mix of residential, leisure and retail with a variety of public spaces. Through the retention of existing warehouse structures Plot C will actively engage people in the site’s history, revealing the original context of the yards in a contemporary environment.

Maccreanor Lavington will continue their masterplan role in relation to heritage, high street and commercial strategy by designing a mixed-use building to re-establish the vibrancy of Brentford High Street. High street retail and independent shops will sit alongside an anchor food store with five-to-seven storey apartment buildings above, arranged around a communal courtyard.

Following the London Borough of Hounslow’s favorable resolution, the scheme has to receive clearance from the Mayor of London before planning permission can be granted and Brentford Waterside masterplan can forge ahead.