End of an Era as Commerce Road Warehouses Dismantled

Canalside industrial heritage to be replaced by updated version

A panel is lifted from the warehouse on Commerce Road, Brentford
A panel is lifted from the warehouse on Commerce Road, Brentford


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This week saw a decisive turning point in Brentford’s architectural history with the dismantling of the canalside warehouses on Commerce Road.

A large crane was brought in to remove the panel frontages of the buildings which overhung the water.

They are being removed to make way for the third and final stage of the Brentford Lock West development. The developer has permission to repair and restore the warehouses and eventually these buildings will be reproduced with a modern design.

The buildings opposite the Robin Grove Recreation ground will also include housing, a restaurant and café in 2016.

A crane dismantling warehouses on Commerce Road
A crane dismantling warehouses on Commerce Road

Phase three of Brentford Lock West will include 452 new homes with 187 affordable, alongside commercial / retail space as well as a new bridge.

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A visualisation of the replacement buildings. Picture: Brentford Lock West

A new public square will be fronted by commercial and retail spaces, along with a new frame overhanging the canal which mirrors the existing overhanging warehouse and recognises the industrial heritage of the area. Towpath improvements, new mooring facilities and the renovation of the existing dock aim enhance this stretch of the waterway.

As part of the Brentford Lock West development, a new bus depot will also be provided on Commerce Road to replacing the existing Metrolink facility on the same site.

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March 4, 2022

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