Brentford’s former magistrates’ court is transformed into spacious flats

Flats at Magistrates House retain many of the original Victorian features, including an impressive staircase and former cells turned into basement storage with bicycle racks.
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The Butts conservation area, sitting back from the river, is the jewel in Brentford’s crown. It forms a large, L-shaped enclave, with a wide avenue and a market square dominated by the old town’s listed former magistrates’ court. Built in 1850, the court has now been refurbished into Magistrates House — nine apartments with double-height spaces, large terraces and original features including pitch pine trusses.

The Victorian entrance foyer with its magnificent staircase has been restored, too, while the former cells have been turned into basement storage rooms with bicycle racks. Prices start from £495,000. Call Hamptons International on 020 8840 4545 or Savills on 0208 987 5550.

Fresh development projects in Brentford are bringing scores of new homes and a revived sense of neighbourhood. The district lies on the more affluent west side of London and has both Thames and canal frontage plus fast road links to Heathrow airport. Up the road is Brentford Lock West, with 530 flats and townhouses, part of an 11-acre scheme alongside Grand Union Canal. As well as commercial and leisure space, new moorings, pontoons and a footbridge are being created, while the towpath is being widened and Art Deco warehouses are undergoing refurbishment. Homes have “green” credentials, with high energy-efficiency ratings, rooftop allotments and solar panels. From £335,000 to £579,000. Call 020 8569 7449 for further information.

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