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Brentford railway warehouses, site of
Brentford Dock, Brentford, London
Brentford railway warehouses, site of
associated engineer
Louis Gustave Mouchel
date  1899
era  Victorian  |  category  Building  |  reference  TQ179772
photo  Mouchel archive
In 1899, the Chief Engineer of the Great Western Railway commissioned Mouchel — pioneer of reinforced concrete construction in the UK — to design warehouses on the dockside at Brentford, alongside the Thames in London.
Brentford Dock had been completed in 1859. It was part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's plan to develop a freight link between river-borne traffic and the rail network he had set up for the Great Western Railway — serving the West Country. He designed a spur line from the main Paddington-Bristol route taking trains into Brentford Dock, for which he engineered the dock structures.
The warehouses of 1899 represent an early use of "ferro-concrete" framing in the UK. Mouchel was the agent for the Hennebique system of reinforcement, which orginated in France and Belgium. The first Hennebique system framed building in the country had been constructed in Swansea only two years earlier.
The warehouse complex formed part of the expansion and development of Brentford Dock that would take place over the subsequent 45 year period. The dock closed in 1964 and the area has now been developed for housing and leisure. The warehouses no longer stand.
Research: FBA
bibliography
"Mouchel: A Century of Achievement" published by Mouchel, 1997
www.brentford-dock.net
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Brentford railway warehouses, site of