Twickenham Riverside development

View information regarding the Twickenham Riverside, including details of previous proposals and consultations.


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Current situation (autumn 2019)

The Council is currently reviewing the concept designs submitted as part of the Design Competition. The Council is also analysing public feedback from the recent period of engagement which will be presented to the Design Panel before they make a final decision later this year. Please keep checking this page for further updates.

We are committed to finding a solution to the development of Twickenham Riverside once and for all.

Earlier this year, Richmond Council agreed to commission the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to deliver an OJEU compliant Design Competition.

The Royal Institute has extensive experience and is a widely recognised provider of architectural competitions, delivering high profile selection processes for both private and public-sector clients.

RIBA have supported the Design Panel to develop a new brief for the site and helped guide the evaluation of the expressions of interest. They will also support the evaluation of the designs submitted by the shortlisted architects.

The first stage of the competition invited architects to come forward and express interest in working on the site. An impressive 54 architect firms applied during the first stage of the competition. And five architect-led teams were selected to create concept proposals. We want to know your thoughts.

The architects who have submitted the proposals are below. However, in line with competition rules, each of their designs have been anonymised to ensure that the competition is fair:

  • Allies and Morrison
  • Baynes and Mitchell Architects with Outpost
  • Cullinan Studio
  • Haworth Tompkins
  • Hopkins Architects

Project designs

View the introduction and background to the project (pdf, 1.3 MB).

The below documents are the proposals from each of the architects. Please note that they are anonymous and in no particular order:

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The Design Panel

The Design Competition process is being advised and supported by a Design Panel. The panel will also evaluate architects’ proposals for the Twickenham Riverside site. Members of the panel include; the Leader of the Council and leading Cabinet Members for Environment and Businesses, a local ward Councillor, a representative from the Local Stakeholder Reference Group, an independent adviser from the RIBA and in addition, two local representatives with architectural experience.

This includes:

  • Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of the Council
  • Cllr Martin Elengorn, Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Sustainability
  • Cllr Geoff Acton, Cabinet Member for Business, Economy and Employment incl. Property
  • Cllr James Chard, Twickenham Riverside Ward councillor
  • Henry Harrison, Local Stakeholder Reference Group representative
  • Jon Meggitt, a local resident with relevant technical experience. He has been a resident of the borough his whole life, and currently lives on the Riverside. He based his two-year architecture diploma on the riverside site, developing a unique and in-depth understanding of it. He is currently CEO of Arcade, an immersive technology company that connects people to places.
  • Brian Waters, Local resident with relevant technical experience. He has been a charted architect and town planner who lives in the borough. Chairman of the London Planning and Development Forum and immediate past president of the Association of Consultant Architects.
  • Sarah Williams, RIBA Adviser

The Council will engage with residents at appropriate stages during the process and a Local Stakeholder Reference Group has been established to formalise the Council’s engagement with the various community groups/organisations in Twickenham with an interest in the Riverside site. It is important to note that while designs submitted as part of the competition will be engaged on, the Design Panel will have a strict marking criteria by which designs will be judged against and public opinion will only help inform decisions on designs not determine them.

Updated: 18 October 2019