Promising times for Twickenham as plans for Riverside revamp continue
Over the years there have been many different plans to develop Twickenham’s Riverside yet recently new plans have been released after previous council plans were rejected.
Aimed at improving the popularity of Twickenham, Richmond Council have come up with a plan to revamp the rundown riverside frontage.
Dubbed ‘The new Heart of Twickenham’, Twickenham Riverside has three potential plans (which can all be found here.
All three involve new buildings on Water Lane, and added more space to the already popular Diamond Jubilee Gardens.
1) Proposal 1 reflects the Twickenham architecture with the appearance of a traditional English high street. There will be room on King’s Street for a market.
2) Proposal 2 has a similar appearance to proposal 1 but consists of four buildings instead of two and the buildings are larger meaning that this whole option sits closer to the river
3)Proposal 3 was deeply unpopular with the public so will be unlikely to be carried forward.
It’s not just Proposal 3 that has been unpopular with the public; a poll carried out by @twickerati showed despite proposal 1 having the most votes, nearly 50% were still unhappy with the proposed plans.
Despite this, Councillor Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Communities claims the proposals have been made with the best interests in mind.
She said: “Over the past five years we have invested millions of pounds in improving the town centre.
“With improvements ranging from widening the pavements, revitalising the embankment, creating the award-winning Diamond Jubilee Gardens and a community building with space for a host of community facilities, including a cinema.”
To deliver their proposals the council are working with Quinlan and Francis Terry, who are responsible for the famous riverfront in Richmond.
“Residents and businesses have told us Twickenham needs a new heart and an improved public space,” Cllr Fleming added.
“This is our chance to do it. To work together to create a high-quality community space for markets, performances and a place where people can relax and enjoy the town for years to come.”
Deputy general manager of the Barmy Arms, Twickenham, Dan Lambert is looking forward to the positive impact the new plans will have on his pub.
“I would say King Street done up the way the pictures look will attract more people into the area,” he said.
“So obviously for us that means lots more people maybe come down their family and grab a spot a lunch outside by the river once they’ve gone and viewed King Street.”
Len, a resident of Twickenham is also optimistic about the future of riverside Twickenham but is frustrated by how long the council has been dragging the development out.
He said, “You never really know to be honest what is going to happen, you just hold your breath and wait until it’s finished.”
You can give feedback on the proposals until the 16th December either online or in the pop up shop in Church Street which will be open on the following days
• Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11.00am to 4.00pm
• Thursday from 11.00am to 7.00pm
• Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm
• It will also be open on Sunday 27th November from 12.00 to 6.00pm during the Twickenham ‘Christmas lights’ event.