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Alfa Laval scheme moves forward

by Jim Dunton Thu 18 April 2013, 11:58 am

Carlton Properties has contracted United House to build the 69 homes that form part of its mixed-use redevelopment of Alfa Laval's disused Great West Road office block in Brentford.

The £12.3 million deal will see United construct the first phase of the Assael Architecture-designed scheme between now and September 2014.

The façade of the office building, which has been derelict for the past 15 years, will be retained during construction as it is used as an advertising display for passing traffic on the M4.

However the remainder of the 11-storey building and its elevated car-parking areas will be demolished to make way for the scheme, which ranges from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses, split between a five-storey apartment block and a terrace of houses.

United House said the scheme’s second phase would incorporate hotels, commercial office space, a car showroom and additional residential and community facilities.

Carlton director Stuart Robinson said the project was a “very complex planning site” that was “pivotal” for Brentford.

“We have worked very hard to build an excellent relationship with the local authority to get to the right scheme that can be developed,” he said.

“Both members and the planning authority have engaged with us and we have promised to bring forward the affordable housing first to meet the needs of the borough.”

United House group chief executive Jeffrey Adams said the project would “breathe new life back into a derelict office building” and regenerate West London’s “Golden Mile” of industry.

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