Grant Associates scheme harks back to waterside history

Looking back into history while heading towards the future is the aim of landscape architects working on a new waterside neighbourhood.

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The London Borough of Hounslow granted planning permission for Brentford Waterside last month. The 4.8ha scheme is now with the London mayor for approval.

The scheme aims to transform a former industrial site into a mixed-use residential and leisure area that references its position on the confluence of the River Thames and River Brent, the Grand Union Canal and the railway as well as its history as a hub for market gardens, which grew into a thriving port.

Bath-based practice Grant Associates is responsible for the masterplan and landscape design, working with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Glenn Howells Architects and MaccreanorLavington, for developer Ballymore.

The landscape team has designed a network of lanes, bridges and waterside landscape spaces, with a nod to the space's maritime past including a public plaza, working dock and waterside leisure activities. A wetland area will provide one of many new wildlife habitats.

Grant Associates landscape lead John Dawkins said: "There's going to be a huge increase in terms of public open space. The key thing for the whole of the masterplan is reconnecting the town centre back to the waterfront."

The key is creating wildlife corridors as well as human access, he added. "There is a Thames path to the high street but it's a convoluted route. We're creating north-south links and east-west."

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