New Brentford Bridge Starts to Take Shape

Piers installed for footbridge between canal towpath and Robin Grove

The new piers installed for ahead of the installation of the spans. Picture: John Dale


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February 17, 2023

The long-awaited footbridge by the Brentford Lock West development is finally taking shape.

The bridge will span the Grand Union Canal, landing in Canal Square on the southwest side, and in Robin Grove recreation ground on the north east side.

Piers to support the structure have now been installed each side of the river and the latest information is that the spans will be put in place on 30 March with the ramps to be installed on 1 April. No date has been given at this stage for an official opening.

Manufacturing of the four spans to be added has been completed in Northern Ireland and when they arrive in Brentford they will be transferred overnight across the railway and then put in place by crane, linking the new housing development with Robin Grove. This will give residents of the flats easier access to Brentford train station.

New Brentford Bridge a Step Closer
Visualisation of the bridge from the planning application

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

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.

A detailed landscape design for the bridge was approved by the council in 2020. The landscape around the bridge landing points on both sides of the canal have been designed with the aim of integrating the bridge ramps into the landscape, minimising the visual impact.
whilst maintaining safety and accessibility.

A path will lead from bridge landing, around the existing play area and its associated fencing, through the recreation space and out to the gate, providing pedestrian accessibility to Robin Grove.

Design from the developer's application

There has also been good news about work on the footbridge over the canal near the GSK building. Investigations have determined that the maintenance and repair of the bridge is the responsibility of Hounslow Highways, the council’s contractor. It has agreed to move forward with work on the bridge to have it replaced.

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