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Duggan Morris and PTE get the OK for brace of Brentford schemes

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Duggan Morris Architects and Pollard Thomas Edwards have won the go-ahead for a pair of linked schemes in Brentford, west London, which will create nearly 300 homes and a new base for the Watermans Arts Centre

Backed by London Green and Topland Group, Duggan Morris’s proposal at Albany Riverside opposite the Kew World Heritage Site will replace a disused office building and the existing home of the Watermans Arts Centre with 193 new flats.

The centre will subsequently be relocated in a separate scheme – the residential-led redevelopment of the former police station in nearby Half Acre – a 105-flat project spearheaded by Pollard Thomas Edwards.

London Green director James Tregoning said: ’Not only will we create 298 much-needed homes for London, we will also provide a fantastic new facility for the Watermans Arts Centre, a vital hub that plays a massive role in the local community.’

Joe Morris, director at Duggan Morris Architects, said: ’Our proposal [for Albany Riverside], developed over a period of two years, places five highly articulated vertical stacks on the site, some conjoined, each accommodating a range of unique apartments, all of which have multiple aspect to the street, the river, the surrounding landscape and Kew Gardens beyond.

‘As well as generating high-quality housing, the scheme also mends the high street and forges new visual links between it and the river through breaks between the stacks. Finally, a newly formed riverside walk and café create a memorable and connected sense of place.’

Duggan Morris's Albany Riverside proposal - model

Duggan Morris’s Albany Riverside proposal - model

Duggan Morris’s Albany Riverside proposal - model

Project data

Half Acre (former police station site)

Type of Project Residential mixed-use, including 250-seat theatre, multiplex cinema, art gallery, restaurant and extensive foyer space
Client London Green and Topland Group
Architects Pollard Thomas Edwards
Landscape Philip Cave Associates
Structural engineer Price & Myers
M&E Skelly & Couch
Planning consultant DP9
Number of homes 105

Pollard Thomas Edwards and Duggan Morris's proposal for Half Acre (former police station site)

Pollard Thomas Edwards’ proposal for Half Acre (former police station site)

Pollard Thomas Edwards and Duggan Morris’s proposal for Half Acre (former police station site)

Albany Riverside

Type of project Residential
Client London Green and Topland Group
Architect Duggan Morris Architects
Landscape Planit-IE
Structural eEngineer Heyne Tillett Steel
M&E Skelly & Couch
Planning consultant DP9
Number of homes 193

Duggan morris albany riverside first floor

Duggan Morris’s Albany Riverside proposal - first floor plan

Duggan Morris’s Albany Riverside proposal - first floor plan

 

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Don't like the sound of the word 'subsequently' in describing the new replacement arts centre. How long will the centre not be available between closing down and re-opening? Have planning conditions not been iimposed to ensure continuity of function? Also very sad that it will lose its river frontage, which is one of its major attractions, although its original design did not make the most of it. Also disappointed at more loss of public river frontage amenity/views blocked by 9-storey apartment blocks (as has been allowed at Kew Bridge just a little further down river. However I hope and trust the River Thames Walk path will remain?

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