Final designs to be published for 35 year old derelict site

Release Date: 02 October 2017

The latest proposals for redeveloping Twickenham Riverside are to be published next week by Richmond Council – inviting feedback on the designs ahead of a Planning Application later this year.

Over the past two years, 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.

From Monday 9 to Monday 30 October, the Council will be consulting on the latest proposals that have been developed using this feedback.

The designs retain and have developed in more detail those areas that received support in previous consultations. This includes a colonnade at King Street, convex steps leading from the Embankment to the site and  new, informally landscaped level access from the Embankment up to Diamond Jubilee Gardens, and seasonal storage units - ‘small boathouses’ - on the Embankment frontage.

Areas that have been developed since the last consultation include a new substantial square on the corner of Water Lane and the Embankment. This responds to public feedback that the riverside building in the last published designs was too big and the request for more public, open space. 

The style of architecture has also been developed. The feedback from residents that the design should reflect the variation of styles in Twickenham, recognising the influence and importance of the River Thames and local culture in the history and future of the town, has informed the development of the proposed elevations 

In addition, the new proposal features refined landscaping to complement the existing Diamond Jubilee Gardens as well as optimising the new large open space. New cycle storage has also been proposed along Water Lane, the Embankment and around the square, in addition to provision for the new residential and commercial facilities in the under podium car park.

Residents will be able to view the designs online from 5pm on Monday 9 October and at an exhibition on the below dates in the Clarendon Hall, York House.

  • Monday 9 October, 6 to 8.30pm
  • Thursday 12 October, 6 to 8.30pm
  • Saturday 14 October, 11am to 4pm
  • Monday 16 October, 6 to 8.30pm
  • Thursday 26 October, 6 to 8.30pm

Feedback from this consultation will be fed into a final design for the site, ahead of a Planning Application being submitted before Christmas 

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said 

“We are working hard to make sure that these designs reflect the vision for Twickenham. We have come a long way since the original proposals and I believe that the latest designs really incorporate what we have heard from residents.

“Making the Twickenham Riverside a destination for residents and visitors, bringing life to the Embankment and River in a sensitive way is vital for the Town.

“I hope that throughout the consultation, residents and businesses will have their say on these proposals and help us move forward with transforming a site that has been derelict for over 35 years.”

Have your say online from Monday 9 October at 5pm. The deadline for feedback is Monday 30 October 2017.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P452/17

Updated: 31 October 2017