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Brentford barge sheds set for makeover

by Jim Dunton Thu 12 September 2013, 4:46 pm

Old barge sheds alongside the Grand Union Canal in Brentford are poised to get a facelift as part of a £1.8 million regeneration package.

The historic structures are to be fitted with illustrated cladding by artist Simon Periton to brighten up the area’s industrial landscape and help support the creation of new homes and jobs.

Work will start on site this November and will include other improvements such as new lighting for the sheds.

The project will also see the installation of better illumination under the Great West Road in a bid to boost both the area’s appearance and its accessibility to the high street from the canal the towpath. 

Councillor Steve Curran, Hounslow Council’s housing, planning and regeneration lead, said the work would be a step in the right direction for the district.

“Together with the Bees’ plans for a new stadium, the Ballymore centre and the regeneration of the high street, Great West Road and canalside, there is a real buzz about Brentford,” he said.

Kit Malthouse, London’s deputy mayor for business and enterprise, said the combination of public art and industrial heritage was an “inspired” way to make the stretch of the canal more accessible and attractive for businesses, helping to bring economic growth to the area.

The wider Brentford project is part of a series of initiatives supported by London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Outer London Fund and also includes a contribution of £557,000 from Hounslow.

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