Twickenham Riverside development

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

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Current situation (autumn 2019)

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.

They have supported the Design Panel to develop a new brief for the site, facilitating the evaluation of the expressions of interest. They will also support the evaluation of the final concept 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 subsequently applied.

The Design Panel, chaired by the Leader of the Council, leading Councillors for Environment and Businesses, a local ward Councillor, a representative from the Local Stakeholder Reference Group, a RIBA independent advisor and two local representatives with architectural experience, reviewed all the applications to ensure that they met the required criteria.

With the support of the RIBA, five companies will now move to the next stage of the competition and be asked to produce designs.

The architects are:

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

A chance to have your say

From 5pm on 4 September until Wednesday 2nd October 2019 we will be inviting residents to let us know what you think of their designs. Your feedback will help members of the Design Panel to understand the views of the community. Feedback may also be used in the next stage of development for the winning design.

This is not a vote on the 5 designs. The design competition is following official European procurement regulations. 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 a a number of different factors including how well the designs respond to the design brief and the financial viability of the proposals. Feedback from the public will be made available to the Design Panel during their deliberations but will not determine the outcome.

The chosen architect will be announced in December. The winning design will go through a detailed process of development and engagement before a planning application is made.

Drop-in exhibitions are being held on the below dates in the Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham, TW1 3AA.

  • Thursday 5 September, 12 to 8pm
  • Thursday 12 September, 6 to 8.30pm
  • Saturday 21 September, 10am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 24 September, 6 to 8.30pm

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: 16 August 2019