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Latest designs for Twickenham Riverside to be published

Release Date: 08 December 2020

The latest proposals for the redevelopment of Twickenham Riverside will be published for public feedback on 6 January 2021.

Over the past twelve months, Hopkins Architects and their team, with help from the Council, have been working hard to develop the design for the Twickenham Riverside site. This follows a public design competition held in 2019.

The development of the proposal includes responding to feedback received from last public consultation, working through detail with key stakeholders such as Eel Pie Island and the Twickenham Riverside Trust, but also important flood modelling work with organisations such as the Environment Agency – to make sure that the scheme meets the flooding requirements and will continue to do so in a world impacted by climate change. 

As a riverside site which needs to accommodate flood waters, whilst also delivering housing, office space, shops and plenty of open space, this has been the greatest challenge for the design team. But one which has now we believe been met after extensive discussions with the Environment Agency in particular.

Whilst it was hoped that the proposals could be published for public engagement earlier in the year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a decision not to consult over the Christmas period, these have been delayed. However, from 6 January for four weeks, the plans will be published and the Council urges residents to have a look at the designs and give their feedback. There will be online boards explaining the designs – hosted on the Council website - as well as two public presentations from the Design Team, with an opportunity for the public to ask questions. These presentations will be held on 6 January and 23 January. Both presentations will be recorded and put onto the Council website for the public to see, so that the public have as much information as possible.

All those registered will be emailed a link with the Zoom log in 24 hours AND 20 minutes before the events begin. By signing up to the event, attendees are agreeing to the event etiquette. Registration will close one hour before each event.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“We are hopefully nearing the end of this tumultuous journey – and we are almost ready to present the ‘final’ proposals for the Riverside site. We have listened and engaged more so than ever before. And, I hope that when residents see the plans, they will see that everyone’s hard work has paid off.

“Twickenham Riverside has long been a run-down part of our borough. And now, more than ever, we need to be investing in our town centres so they can become thriving hubs for future generations to enjoy.”

The proposal includes the current Diamond Jubilee Gardens site – relocating the gardens into a larger space in the centre of the proposed development, with suggestions for event space, an exciting children’s play area and pétanque pitches as well as terraced lawns, more planting and additional trees.  The proposal also includes public open space along the Embankment with market space, seating and views from the gardens down to the river.

The Council is working closely with the Twickenham Riverside Trust who manage the site to agree the design of the replacement gardens. And all parties are working towards delivering a better and more open riverside gardens for the public.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P484/20

Updated: 24 March 2021