Watermans Art Centre

Watermans art centre, 40-40A High Street Brentford (ref P/2017/3372)

Update 09/02/2018

We are disappointed to see that Hounslow Council have approved this application. Whilst we support regeneration and the on site inclusion of affordable housing, we will continue to oppose tall buildings along the river frontage, affecting historic vistas from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew,  the setting of historic buildings in Hounslow and the protection of the Arcadian Thames.

Update 08/09/2017

An application has now been made for redevelopment of this site on the river which includes demolition of the existing office building and arts centre to be replaced with 193 flats with ground floor retail and cafe units. The buildings would be 6 and 7 storeys high – at least 35m. We are objecting to the height of the buildings which would significantly alter the river aspect and harm views from the Royal Botanic Gardens and historic buildings, including Kew Palace. The amount of new living accommodation in Brentford without clear plans for the necessary infrastructure support, including school and health facilities, is also a major concern.

Update 02/07/2017

A new exhibition of “fresh” plans to replace the Watermans Art Centre in Brentford with 193 flats is on Friday July 7th between 4pm & 7pm and on Saturday July 8th between 11am & 3pm at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Road, Brentford TW8 0PN. The Plans are to relocate the Watermans Art Centre to the old Police Station underneath a further 105 flats.

For related images click here for Brentford TW8


Update 04/01/2017

An application has not yet been submitted for the re-development of this waterside site but we were pleased to see that local MP Ruth Cadbury has raised concerns with Hounslow Council.

Update 27/10/2016

Developers London Green are holding public exhibitions on Wednesday  2nd  November from 16.00-20.00 and on Saturday 5th November from 10.30-16.00 at the Watermans Art Centre showing their proposals for moving the Arts Centre from its current location on the river to a new position at the old police station in Half Acre.Project team members will be available to answer questions.

Flats will be built on both the old police station site and the current Watermans and Max Factor buildings as part of a project that will see approximately 300 flats being across both sites.

You may like to take a look at the proposals.

Update 29/03/2015

Hounslow Council  have confirmed that a new site has been found for the Watermans art centre which will move to the old police station in Brentford. The current site will be redeveloped for a marina and housing. We will be keeping an eye on what is proposed in this sensitive riverside location.

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Event Information:

  • Fri
    6:30 pmKew Gardens at Elizabeth Gate, Kew Green.

    Kew Palace, also known as the Dutch House, was built in 1631 for a Flemish merchant, Samuel Fortrey and his wife, Catherine de Latfeur.  Their initials remain carved over the entrance to Kew Palace.

    The house was leased by Queen Caroline and later bought by George III who spent happy summers at Kew Palace with his wife, Queen Charlotte and their 15 children.   It was an important refuge during his infamous episodes of 'madness'. After Queen Charlotte died in 1818, Kew Palace was closed up.  It was acquired by RBG Kew 80 years later and opened to the public for the first time.

    The Royal Kitchens, next to the Palace, are preserved from the time of Queen Charlotte's death in 1818. The Great Kitchen and preparation rooms give an insight into Georgian culinary life and the servants who worked there.

    We will finish our tour by raising a glass to royal toasts, hosts and maybe ghosts!

    Please note that there is a lift in the palace but not in the kitchens where there are a lot of steps.

    Tickets for members only: £8 to include a glass of wine

    To book tickets using a creditcard click here (with fees via eventbrite)

    To pay by cheque (no fees) please click here to down load the form