Brentford has a unique location where the railway, canal network and River Thames meet. This point of exchange, particularly the relationship to water, historically informed Brentford’s Market Town character. However, its identity has gradually eroded since the 1940’s. KLA’s ‘make the connection’ projects seek to remake Brentford High Street as a successful, liveable town centre and reassert its sense of place and identity. Our design
philosophy is rooted in the involvement of local people and in doing so exploring the potential of their environment.
The different threads of the project: the cultural and economic venues of the market place and the sheds; cycling culture initiatives through Brentford works and Brentford Bikes; and walking connections opened up by the sheds project, all pull towards making Brentford a more socially sustainable and liveable place.
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Kinnear Artas-ua.info Architects Limited
London Borough of Hounslow / Greater London Authority (GLA)
Shortlisted for an LI Award 2015
Kinnear Artas-ua.info Architects are appointed as Lead Designers to develop a designconcept for the Brentford ‘making the connection’ project.
Design Lead / Urban Design / Artas-ua.info Architect: Kinnear Artas-ua.info Architects | Chief Author: Lynn Kinnear | Other members: Florence Moon | Public Art Consultancy: MAAP | Artists: Simon Periton, Lubna Chowdhary | Interdisciplinary urban practitioners: The Decorators | Collaborating Organisation: Meanwhile Space, London Green Cycles, London Bike Hub, Brentford High Street Steering Group | Structural Engineer: Expedition | Lighting Design: Studio Dekka | Graphic Design: Guglielmo Rossi, Europa | Quantity Surveyor: Appleyard and Trew
London Borough of Hounslow
Mayor's Outer London Fund
The project is funded through the Mayor’s Outer London Fund; its objective is to deliver an innovative and exciting public realm scheme that includes arts and lighting. All of the project threads - of community, a shift in transport culture, the cultural and physical connections to the canal - come together in the public realm works in the Market Place.
The newly configured flexible space accommodates regular markets and events whilst also providing a living room in the town centre with a variety of opportunities for meeting and playing across all generations. Symbolising the shift in transport the car park that was previously central to the market square has been removed and replaced with a flexible public space that can accommodate the market stalls. Public water play features and a new willow tree reconnect Brentford High Street to its waterside heritage.