Together with specialist developers H2O, we will be sharing our current ideas for the site on the 22 and 23 February at Bulbourne Yard, between 5pm-8pm. The plans can also be viewed online.
With the buildings first being recorded in 1882, Bulbourne Yard is an important landmark at the summit of the Grand Union Canal and was still being used to make lock gates as recently as 2003. Since the workshops closed the Trust has been exploring a range of sustainable uses for the site, which preserve its important collection of historic buildings and retains Bulbourne's active link with the modern operation of the canal.
Current proposals include converting the four Grade II Listed buildings and two buildings of historical importance into new living accommodation, the refurbishment of the existing vacant houses on the site, the building of eight new homes and the creation of 48 parking spaces.
The plans also include the creation of a new pedestrian footbridge, providing local people safe access over the canal, and the retention of the historic wharf and crane and the Canal & River Trust's operational depot.
Aiden Johnson-Hugill, Development Manager for H2O, said: ‘We're really keen to hear from local people and canal users and get their feedback on our plans. We think we have a sustainable scheme which enhances the wharf and the historic setting. Furthermore the development will transform the area and secures the future of the historic buildings.”