Facelift for Brentford Sheds

brentford_barge_shed_newsBrentford’s post-industrial landscape will be brightened up when the old barge sheds alongside the Grand Union Canal get a facelift, helping to support new homes and jobs in the wider area.

The final version of the artistic illustrations (below) for the new cladding of the sheds has been released by Hounslow Council.

brentford_barge_shed_duskWork will start on site this November and will include other improvements such as new lighting to the sheds and under the Great West Road bridge – these initiatives aim to improve accessibility to the high street from the towpath.

The facelift is part of the wider regeneration of Brentford and the local high street, which will include other projects such as the creation of a new civic square in Market Place. The project is part of a series of initiatives funded by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s Outer London Fund which is investing £1.8 million in Brentford including £557,000 from Hounslow Council.

Councillor Steve Curran, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “Together with the Bees’ plans for a new stadium, the Ballymore centre and the regeneration of the high street, Great West Road and canal-side, there is a real buzz about Brentford.”

Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, said: “Exciting plans for the regeneration of Brentford are now taking shape. Using public art and industrial heritage is an inspired way to make this stretch of the canal more accessible and attractive for businesses, helping to bring economic growth to the high street in Brentford. It is just part of how money committed by the mayor is helping to revitalise Brentford’s high street.”

The renovation of these sheds will animate the local area and provide a positive and inviting route from the Golden Mile to Brentford Town Centre.

Visitors from the Great West Road will help drive economic activity in the local area, increasing footfall along the canal and high street and supporting the delivery of new homes and jobs in the adjacent New London Award-winning Brentford Lock West, by ISIS Waterside Regeneration. The arts project will help to achieve a community vision that incorporates outdoor events, public art initiatives and strong high street branding to deliver a vibrant and unique centre.

Images copyright Simon Periton, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ London

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