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.
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.”