English Heritage and the Waterways Trust have submitted planning proposals to rebuild the engineer's first iron bridge across the Grand Union Canal.
The bridge, constructed in 1838, was discovered in Paddington during a redevelopment programme in 2004, and is currently in storage until the partnership of heritage authorities can raise money for the work.
British Waterway's in-house design manager for London, Steven Wakefield-Wylde, will take forward the proposals ( pictured) if they are given the green light by Westminster City Council.
Wakefield-Wylde said: 'Our plan is to see it continue as a working bridge to be used and enjoyed by local communities, and provide an important link to the past in a fast-changing area.'
This year is the 200th anniversary of Brunel's birth. As well as designing the Paddington canal bridge, he designed the arches of neighbouring Paddington Station in 1851.