Renovating the canal towpath at Prologis Park West London


September 28, 2016
At Prologis Park West London, Prologis is renovating and improving the towpath along the Grand Union Canal on the southern boundary of the site. The 500m stretch of towpath is part of a landscaping strategy that will create green open spaces for everyone in the local community.

Landscaping works are progressing well and the towpath, which will link into a further network of footpaths and cycle ways across the site, is scheduled to open by the end of the year.

The Grand Union Canal is an important part of our site’s industrial heritage, so we want to make sure that it will also be part of the future,

Paul Weston, Prologis UK

Prologis Park West London is regenerating a 19th century brick field; one of the many that spread across Hillingdon to meet the growing demand for building materials during the Industrial Revolution. When the bricks had been fired in a clamp kiln, they were loaded onto barges and taken along the Grand Union Canal – or the Grand Junction Canal as it was originally called – to Paddington Basin.

For the return journey, empty barges were filled with domestic and commercial waste from Central London and brought back to the brickfields. The refuse was sieved for unburnt coal that could be used in the brick making process and then taken to local landfill sites.

“The renovation plans for the towpath have been developed in consultation with the Canal & River Trust and local people,” continued Paul Weston. “Work on site is going well and the towpath will soon be open for cycling, running or just a quiet walk beside the water.”
Prologis Park West London