GRID’s competition winning design continues the earlier and highly regarded phases which have rejuvenated Brentford Locks. Phase 3 is part of the larger masterplan that celebrates the industrial heritage while creating a new canal side urban quarter.
With a series of perimeter blocks and carefully considered streets the proposal incorporates a new public space and canal side activities. GRID’s approach to the design of the spaces between the buildings creates active and joyful courtyard gardens and a new public square yet deals with challenging matters such as access and site levels. The industrial heritage includes steel frames from canal side warehouses which will be reinstated as part of the landscape, with a community garden and meeting spaces within. This dramatically integrates the change in levels with steps to the canal side spaces where a new canoe club is located. The square supports a new bridge over the canal providing a much needed connection from the site to Brentford Railway Station. This is GRID’s first bridge commission.
The architecture takes its influence directly from the form and materials of the site’s existing warehouse structures and reflects their big spans and pitched roofs. The wharf side buildings feature metal-clad facades and roofs with brick gables defining street frontages, while the courtyard buildings and their simpler brickwork provide continuity with the architecture of phase 1 and 2.