Arts centre redevelopment plans to forge ahead
by James Renoux-Wood Wed 25 March 2015, 11:18 am
Plans to relocate the Watermans Arts Centre to the site of the former police station in Brentford and redevelop the existing premises to create a marina, 300 homes and commercial units are set to go ahead.
At MIPIM, the international property fair in Cannes, Hounslow Council signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” with developer London Green to take forward the project.
Councillor Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, said: “This is yet another piece of good news for Hounslow and more evidence of Brentford’s burgeoning reputation as west London’s boomtown.”
London Green has acquired the vacant office block adjacent to Watermans and the former Brentford Police Station site in its joint venture with Topland Group. Hounslow Council’s Local Plan identifies both the Watermans site and the former Brentford Police Station for development.
Philip Green, spokesman for London Green, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Hounslow Council to bring this project forward. It will end the uncertainty over the future location of the Watermans by enabling a high-quality, sustainable arts centre – at no cost to Hounslow Council.
“We have been exploring the potential relocation with Watermans for some time and can now hold further discussions about the kind of facility that could be delivered. The plans are still at a very early stage and we will be carrying out extensive consultation with local people in the coming months.”
Watermans director, Jan Lennox, said; “Relocation to a new building is an important part of our future. Watermans is the major arts centre in west London and we have quarter of a million visitors a year. We provide a lively cultural programme for local residents and visitors to Brentford, which would be better located in the heart of the town centre.”
Curran’s presence at Hounslow’s MIPIM event is part of the borough’s drive to bring in more investment to sustain its booming economy. He said: “This agreement is also evidence that the council is winning its fight for more funds and investment for Hounslow at MIPIM – at no cost to council tax payers.”
“We are competing fiercely with other London boroughs and councils across the country to show why Hounslow – with Heathrow on our doorstep and central London a stone’s throw away – is the capital’s window to the world.”
The Hounslow delegation at MIPIM was coordinated by publisher of Great West magazine, 3Fox International.
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