GW | Projects
FELTHAM In 2015, Hounslow Council – in partnership with Urban Initiative Studios – produced an extensive document on how to transform Feltham in the west of the borough over the next 15 years. This includes plans for up to 3,500 homes, a new public square outside Feltham train station and an extension of the high street so it can be used for concerts and events. Recommendations are also made to improve the variety of shops, create attractive office space, provide more school places and boost the night-time economy through the provision of new cafes, bars and restaurants. At the Feltham West complex – home to a cinema, bowling alley and bingo hall – proposals for up to 600 apartments and 8,500sq m of commercial space are mooted in the plan. Proposals to build a new cycle and pedestrian bridge over the railway and increase capacity on surrounding roads are also put forward. In the shorter term, 870 homes could be built by 2020 – 550 of which would be for student accommodation – while 2,650sq m of retail, commercial and community space could be created. The masterplan suggests the enhanced station square and new pedestrian railway bridge would be completed before 2020. The expansion of St Lawrence RC primary school and a mixed-use development overlooking Feltham Green are earmarked for 2020 to 2025.
REYNARD MILLS Work has started on Notting Hill Housing’s redevelopment of the former BBC site at Reynard Mills in Hounslow. The scheme, designed by architect bptw partnership, was given the green light in 2015. It features 195 homes, which will be a mixture of family houses, mews houses and apartments – available for a range of tenures – and situated to the north of Brentford town centre and Brentford train station. A space is also reserved for a healthcare facility or creche. Inertia over redevelopment of the site – which straddles the borders of the London boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing – has previously led to three failed planning applications. The new scheme was praised for the “exemplar consultation process undertaken with the local community and stakeholders”. Katie Parsons, associate at bptw partnership, said: “The designs have responded to previous local concerns with regard to scale, with family houses being located along the site boundary and taller elements being situated at the centre of the development.”
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