Brentford Lock West
- Location: Hounslow, London
- Client: Waterside Places
- Date: 2013 - Ongoing
- Value: £50m
- Awards: Housing Design Award - Finalist 2015 RIBA London Award - Shortlist 2018
We have designed new housing as part of a large regeneration project on a brownfield site on the Grand Union Canal in west London. The scheme comprises 157 homes that take inspiration from their context and the warehouses that previously occupied the site.
Six pavilion buildings have distinct saw-tooth roofs that make reference to the neighbouring wharf architecture. The townhouses with their garden walls and porches reference the nearby conservation area.
The pavilion type gives rise to a very rational layout, achieving 82% net to gross. Cores serves 4 dual aspect flats per floor, in a quadrant arrangement. Town houses and inhabited bridges link the pavilions, and enclose a resident courtyard garden.
We have taken a simple, yet robust attitude towards detailing, using a limited palette of materials – principally facing brickwork together with pre-cast concrete, painted metalwork, natural stained timber, and render, to modulate the building facades and provide character.
Drone footage update February 2018
Building works for Phase 2 of Brentford Lock West are well underway as shown in this drone footage. Block E is now complete. Block F completion will be in Winter 2018.
Footage courtesy of McAleer & Rushe.