Release Date: 02 September 2019
Residents and businesses can have their say on five potential designs for Twickenham Riverside later this week, each created by a different architect led teams.
In March, Richmond Council launched a Design Competition to find an architect led team to work on proposals for the Twickenham Riverside site. The competition is managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The RIBA has extensive experience and is a widely recognised provider of architectural competitions, delivering high quality selection processes for both private and public-sector clients. They were commissioned to support the Design Panel to develop a new brief for the site and deliver a competition which is in line with procurement law and best practice. An impressive 54 architect firms subsequently applied and the Design Panel shortlisted five architects to move forward to the next stage. They are:
From Wednesday 4 September their designs will be published and views from residents will be invited on the five concept designs.
Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
"Twickenham Riverside should be the flourishing centre of Twickenham and the local area, but instead it’s being used as a car park with parking prioritised over people. For nearly 40 years this beautiful stretch of the River Thames has been awaiting a design that can showcase the riverside as a destination for people to live, play, work, enjoy and thrive. We have heard from you loud and clear that you want better for Twickenham.
“We have used all your feedback from previous consultations to create an exciting brief for this important site. And we are delighted to be working with RIBA Competitions to find an architect who has the vision and skills to deliver a design which creates a heart for Twickenham.
"One of the things we heard in previous consultations was the desire for a more transparent procurement process and working with RIBA Competitions we are following the official rules of the Overall Journal of the European Union. This means a strict process on decision making with the winner of the competition being selected based on their score against the evaluation criteria. Whilst this isn’t a formal consultation on the proposals, public feedback will help give myself and the other members of the Design Panel, clarity on the view of the community."
Between Wednesday 4 September and Wednesday 2 October people can have their say online and can also attend a drop-in session on the below dates. Feedback will help members of the Design Panel understand the views of the community.
Drop-in exhibitions are being held on the below dates in the Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham TW1 3AA:
The design competition is following official RIBA best practice and complying with relevant procurement law. This means that the final decision on the chosen design will be made in line with these rules, with the Design Panel scoring against an evaluation criteria which will consider different factors including how well the designs respond to the design brief and the financial viability of the designs.
It is important to note that this is not a vote on the five designs. Feedback from the public will be made available to the Design Panel during their deliberations.
The chosen architect will be announced in December.
To see the proposals and have your say online from 5pm on Wednesday 4 September, go to our Twickenham Redevelopment page.
The Design Panel, facilitated by a RIBA independent advisor and chaired by the Leader of the Council, includes elected Councillors, a representative from the Local Stakeholder Reference Group and two local representatives with architectural experience.
If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.
Updated: 30 September 2019