The Island Brentford Lock


Charles Church

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The Brief

We were appointed to deliver 173 high quality flats and 20 four storey townhouses on the island between the river Brent and the Grand Union canal. Formerly, a British Waterways depot, the layout proposed a series of buildings with courtyards and landscaped areas between; the buildings carefully positioned to maximise the views of the water. The apartments are in blocks of four or five storeys with a light weight curtain walling facade to the upper levels which are set back to provide private terraces to the living rooms of duplex apartments.

Added Value

As this site was within the Grand Union canal conservation area careful consideration was needed to conserve the historic interest and character of the island. Residential mooring pontoons run the length of the island on the canal site, accessed from a public footpath on the bank.

Technical Challenges

The island is located in the middle of the lock basin, so careful detailing of the underground carpark was needed to prevent any potential water ingress. The general level of the island was raised to keep access and accommodation above potential flood levels.


115 apartments
Concept Architect
HLM Architects

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