Local brick workers commemorated at Prologis Park West London

Press Release

September 14, 2016

Prologis has completed a memorial to local Hillingdon brick workers at its Prologis Park West London site. Designed as a decorative brick wall overlooking the Grand Union Canal at the southern end of the site, the wall has been constructed using bricks that were made by local schools and community groups as part of Groundwork South London’s Foundations project.

During the Industrial Revolution, West London had become a centre of the brickmaking industry and as Prologis discovered at a community consultation meeting, Prologis Park West London is regenerating one of the Hillingdon brick fields. Located next to the Grand Union Canal, bricks made here would have been transported by barge to Paddington for use in buildings such as the Royal Albert Hall.
 

Another brick in the wall

Groundwork South set up London’s Foundations, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, to help local people rediscover their local brickfields, to learn about the lives of the brick workers and to explore the connections between the brickfields and the canal network.
Read more about Hillingdon's Victorian brickfields

As part of the project, schools and community groups were encouraged to make their own bricks in the traditional way. Some of these bricks were retained by Groundwork South and these are the bricks that Prologis has used to build the memorial.

“This is a fascinating project,” said Paul Weston, Senior Vice President, Prologis. “We have been fortunate to have been able to work with Groundwork South and the Canal and Rivers Trust to agree the best way to commemorate the local brick workers and I am delighted that the memorial wall is such a success.
 
“As the next step, we will install an information board in front of the wall to explain the London’s Foundations project and the history it commemorates. The information board will form part of a local industrial heritage trail and it will be in place before the end of the year.”

Forging a further link to the past, the main road through Prologis Park West London will be named Clayfield Way.