Watermans to Move to the Police Station
New marina, homes and commercial units on the current site
An iconic Brentford landmark is to be redeveloped as part of wider plans to create a marina, 300 new homes and a new home for the Watermans Arts Centre at the former police station.
The news follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with developer London Green at MIPIM – the international property conference in Cannes, France, on 10 March.
The former police station at Half Acre, which opened in 1967, had been closed following restructuring of local policing in 2013 and was sold last September to the highest of nine offers. it was thought then it would be turned into residential housing. A sketch on the London Green web site shows an artist's impression of what the new Watermans would look-like. The theatre is shown beneath a new tower block on Half Acre.
The developer's web site states that after the spring acquisition, planning permission for the scheme will be submitted in the autumn and construction work will begin next year.
Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Steve Curran, said: “This is yet another piece of good news for Hounslow and more evidence of Brentford’s burgeoning reputation as west London’s boomtown.”
The proposals include:
“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.”
The former site of Brentford Police station on Half Acre (Google Street View)
Sketch from the London Green web site showing the new Watermans plan and tall buildings
Watermans Director Jan Lennox added: “Relocation to a new building is an important part of Watermans' future plans. 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.”
“We look forward to discussing a plan with Hounslow Council and London Green which would see Watermans move to a new, purpose-designed building at the site of the old Police Station.”
Watermans on left with vacant offices to be redeveloped on the right (Google Street View)
Sketch published on the London Green web site showing the scheme which would replace the Watermans
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. The Watermans site and the former Brentford Police Station are both identified for development in Hounslow Council’s Local Plan.
Cllr Curran’s appearance at the Hounslow event at MIPIM is part of the effor to bring in more investment to sustain the borough’s 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 I would like to add.
“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.”
March 22, 2015