One step closer to a final vision for Twickenham Riverside

Release Date: 09 June 2017

The latest proposals for redeveloping Twickenham Riverside are to be published by the Council – inviting feedback on areas including building uses, landscaping, parking, servicing and access.

Over the past year, Richmond Council has been engaging with residents and businesses in Twickenham in order to gather the creative ideas of all those who wish to see a new heart for the area.

 

This engagement included a series of consultations on a number of options for the King Street/Water Lane/Embankment site. Residents have given their feedback by attending exhibitions, community group meetings, seminars/workshops and via an opinion survey.

 

From 13 June to 11 July, the Council will be publishing the latest concepts that have been developed using this feedback.

 

The design is based on the most favoured option presented in the last consultation. It will include a single building on King Street / Water Lane with guildhall style covered market space, a second building facing the Embankment and the Diamond Jubilee Gardens and a wide open space facing onto the River

 

A key message from the last consultation was that residents favoured more open space by the Embankment; not just space for cafés, but genuine open space for the community to enjoy the views and working life of the River. The proposals therefore retain a large riverside terrace.

 

They also now include a new shared, pedestrian-dominated space between the buildings, increasing the permeability of the site and improving access to Diamond Jubilee Gardens – a new “Lane” into the development, which looks to reflect the existing street pattern of the neighbouring old Twickenham Riverside Village.

 

In addition, responding to concerns regarding the height of the King Street building and its impact on Water Lane, the design has been altered to allow a step-down as the building heads down Water Lane towards the River.

 

Now the Council would like to hear from the community on three specific areas - landscaping, parking, servicing and access, and ground floor building uses. The feedback from this consultation will be fed into a final design for the site, which will be consulted on in the autumn 2017 ahead of a Planning Application being submitted later in the year.

 

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

 

“Last year we spent a lot of time working with people on their ideas for regenerating the Riverside and in November consulted on three options drawn up using all this information. You told us you preferred the scheme with the large Riverside Terrace so there was more space to enjoy the River.

 

"We have now refined the designs but there is still much to be decided. We want your viewson options around parking and access, landscaping and opportunities for flexible open space for markets, events and performances. We'd also like your thoughts on uses for the ground floor of the buildings, business, community and office.

 

“In 35 years there has not been consensus on how best to improve the area and we are grateful to everyone who has devoted so much time to help usshape these latest proposals. There is still a lot of work to do but I think at last we are on the right path to creating something very special that will celebrate Twickenham's Riverside heritage. We look forward to continuing to work together designing a distinctive scheme that will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

 

From 12 noon on Tuesday 13 June, the proposals and online survey will be available on our Twickenham Rediscovered pages.

 

An exhibition will also be held in the Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham, TW1 3AA on the following dates (hard copies of the consultation will be available):

  • Tuesday 13 June, 1 to 7pm
  • Sunday 18 June, 11am to 3pm
  • Monday 19 June, 5 to 8pm
  • Thursday 29 June, 5 to 8pm
  • Thursday 6 July, 5 to 8pm
  • Saturday 8 July, 10am to 5pm

Notes for editors

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Reference: P253/17

Updated: 30 June 2017