Albany Riverside-Planning Application Submitted
Duggan Morris Architects have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of an exceptional riverside site in the London Borough of Hounslow, near Brentford. The project, a joint venture between the developer Bluescape Ltd. and Topland Group PLC, proposes 193 new market sale homes and a commercial unit accommodating a riverside café facing Waterman’s Park.
The Site is located on the northern bank of the River Thames and currently contains two attached buildings in the form of Max Factor House, an underutilised office building, and Waterman’s Arts Centre, a multi-use facility containing a theatre, cinema, cafés and art galleries. The application is linked to the redevelopment of the former Police Station site in Brentford that will accommodate a new Arts Centre, closer and more convenient to the Town Centre, along with an affordable housing component.
The buildings and landscaping have been developed in relation to the specifics of their locale, as a collective and cohesive whole, whilst also giving careful consideration to the quality of the internal accommodation. As proposed, the public realm will benefit from significant enhancements to both streetscape and river path, as well as enlivened frontages with multiple entrances and positive overlooking.
The proposals will promote local distinctiveness and are of a scale and form that carefully curate and bring definition to the journey along Brentford High Street as seen from afar and in close proximity, yet avoid adverse visual impact to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew a World Heritage Site. The issues surrounding the design of a successful urban development in this location are complex and these proposals embody considerable thought and insight in resolving what are often competing concerns to deliver the best possible outcome for this site, locale and local community.
Albany Riverside represents an exciting opportunity to enhance environmental quality and townscape through the delivery of a high quality optimised supply of new housing in an extremely sought after location. This attunes with the objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the London Plan and the LBH Local Plan.