Brentford Lock West, Hounslow

Client: ISIS Waterside Regeneration

ISIS Waterside Regeneration owns a 5ha site on the edge of Brentford Town Centre, fronting onto the Grand Union Canal.  Occupied by low-grade employment uses, regeneration has the potential to transform the area.  However, complex planning issues and opposition from local people and the Council to loss of employment had prevented the site from realising its potential. A previous mixed-use proposal had failed on appeal prior to our appointment.

Tibbalds submitted a new mixed-use scheme capable of overcoming the planning constraints and gaining the support of the local community. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, a set of proposals were worked up together with Hounslow planning officers, the local community and other third-party consultees.  An outline planning application, underpinned by a development specification and design code was worked up in close consultation with the Council’s design officers. A key part of the process was to ensure flexibility for ISIS across the phased development whilst giving the Council certainty in relation to design quality.

Following planning permission, we assisted in running a design competition for the first phase. Kararkusevic Carson Architects, Duggan Morris Architects, Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects were selected. Tibbalds co-ordinated the reserved matters submission and pre-commencement conditions.

Winner of 2012 Urban Design Award for Public Sector Project