Initial feedback on Twickenham consultation now published

Release Date: 13/01/2017

Latest Twickenham designs are more in tune with residents’ expectations of the riverside site, according to the initial results of the latest consultation.

Last year, Richmond Council consulted residents and businesses in Twickenham on proposals for a new ‘village feel’ for the development on King Street / Water Lane and Twickenham Riverside. This consultation included an exhibition of three proposals at a pop-up shop on Church Street and online survey.

Over 630 people completed a survey. And, in a report now published, almost half of the respondents ranked proposal one as their first choice, with 29% preferring proposal two.

Proposal one: A single building that runs down Water Lane from King Street and a second building that faces the Embankment. In front of this is a generous river terrace and improved access to the Diamond Jubilee Gardens.

Proposal two: An ‘L’ shaped building running down Water Lane from King Street with three with buildings, with pedestrian routes in between, that face the Embankment. The proposal offers a river terrace, improved access to the Diamond Jubilee Gardens and an extension of the Garden’s ‘event space’.

Both proposals have a similar King Street façade, with a covered square, leading onto a raised pedestrian walkway.

Next week, councillors will discuss the results at a Cabinet committee. They are being asked to support work to understand the detail of responses in relation to specific aspects of each of the proposals. Specifically considering all the comments made in the consultation and identify those elements that residents support, where there are ideas for improvement and issues to address. All this feedback, will then inform the development of a scheme alongside technical surveys.

Further consultation with residents and local businesses will be held later in the spring on an amended design based on this feedback.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“We are pleased that residents generally seem to think we are heading in the right direction with proposals one and two. We have really worked hard to ensure that residents’ thoughts and ideas from the previous engagement over the summer were incorporated into the concept designs.

“We know that we will need to do more work to develop the designs. And, we will now work with the architects to build on the preferred proposals. We will then engage with the community in the spring.”

View results of the Twickenham Rediscovered consultation survey.

Updated: 17 January 2017