building 2 GWQ approved
27 September 2013
The final piece of the Great West Quarter is being slotted into place as Building 2 gains planning permission.
Image courtesy of Assael Architecture
Great West Quarter is a flagship scheme, creating a 12 acre mixed-use quarter for Brentford, including shops, cafes, cinema, fitness club, gallery, play space and residential development in a car-free environment. The development also incorporates Barratt London’s new Headquarters, located in the glorious 1930s Art Deco listed Wallis House.
fabrik prepared landscape proposals for Building 2, including commercial units and residential accommodation. An atrium space to the northern facade of Building 2 will provide unique amenity decks for residents, at four levels. Climbing plants trained around sculptural wires will stretch through a series of voids to create a dramatic vertical landscape that can be enjoyed at different levels. A green wall will extend vertically over the full 9 storeys and form a striking feature when seen from the M4.
An additional Tower Atrium will provide private amenity for the residents of the Tower and Building 2. The landscape proposals integrate sculptural supporting columns for the ETFE roof within the overall composition. Natural paddlestones will be intermingled with planting and dynamic stepping stone floor lighting. A full height green wall to the northern end of the atrium will create a green space that provides a quiet contrast to the noise and chaos of the adjacent A4/M4 corridor.
The Tower entrance plaza will be sheltered and enclosed, framing the view towards the tower for visitors arriving from the South and West. Box-headed trees will be set within planters, with incorporated seating and catenary lighting strung overhead.
fabrik’s designs will create a unique environment for residents and visitors, provide valuable amenity space and ameliorate the impacts of the adjacent M4/A4 – one of the busiest roads in London.
Paul Barrett has been responsible for the landscape design of the Great West Quarter since project outset, initially at Whitelaw Turkington, then subsequently developing detailed design and construction proposals for fabrik.