Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group

A riverside in trust for the community

January 26, 2017
by Martin
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Community Uses on the Riverside?

The latest Richmond Council proposals for the Riverside (Twickenham Rediscovered) suggest that the “community” component of the scheme will be satisfied by “ a ‘hub’ for the local community, spaces for enjoyment by all …additional public space at the top of Water Lane and further public space for community uses.

These proposals do not reflect the history or more recent community uses on the Pool site. The site was bought in 1924 for public use, the then existing Richmond House was used as a library and Council offices till he “new’ Swimming Pool opened in 1935

After the Pool closed in 1981 the buildings continued at various times to provide home to community-based activities, including the Riverside Play Group, and the charity, Help a Neighbour in Distress (HANDS). Both organisations paid rent to the Council for their accommodation

TRTG 2012 Application: The purpose of the 2012 Application was to show that the existing Pool Buildings, namely the old Restaurant and the Bath House (Caretaker’s House) could be renovated and provide extra space community space. Additionally, the extra space could be used by the DGJ Trust might for the benefit of the wider community. To provide income, our idea was that an extra floor might be added to the Restaurant building, this could provide meeting spaces, or “hot-desking” facilities for some of the charities or other bodies in the area that could not provide such spaces for themselves, but could contribute to costs.

The TRTG Application included real proposals for community use, not the rather strange confusion that the Richmond Council appears to have that any space that might be visited by a member of the public is “community use” i.e. a shop or restaurant!

Why Is Our Application Still Relevant? We still strongly believe that the renovation of the Pool Buildings is still a sensible, cost effective idea. It might not be the final or whole solution, but it could provide useful early, extra accommodation, for and managed by the community

It would allow and encourage an incremental improvement of the area for, an extension of the working river frontage for Twickenham.

 The 2016 TRTG Proposals: A New Scheme: The reason we produced the 2016 proposals was because of the success by the public to get the Council to rethink the Riverside redevelopment had created an opportunity for other ideas to be considered.

The TRTG Alternative Scheme 2016, showed how the existing buildings could be part of a new development which widened Water Lane, created a modern, outward facing, welcoming development with a series of open spaces leading down to the River.

 RAG Alternatives Exhibition:

This new Scheme was include in the 2016 RAG Alternatives Exhibition. However it now appears RAG is content with the Councils Option 1 or 2, but Twickenham surely deserves a better solution?

August 26, 2016
by Martin
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RAG (Riverside Action Group) Alternative Schemes Exhibition


We have now included on the site a set of CAD drawings of Twickenham Town Square which provide views from Kings Street and around a widened Water Lane and Diamond Jubilee Gardens, click here to see them.

The RAG (Riverside Action Group) is holding an exhibition of alternative schemes for Twickenham Riverside at The Twickenham Club, 7 Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NJ between Thursday 25th August and Wednesday 14th September .

Our proposal will be there along side proposals from all of the key interested parties, please come along and join in the discussion.


August 5, 2016
by Martin
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TRTG: Latest Suggestions

What to do on the Riverside?

The Councils consultation exercise on how to modify the Quinlan Terry scheme is about to start.

We have been encouraged by the Riverside Action Group (RAG) to  publicise our work in the spirit of openness and  to achieve a “consensus solution

Our thoughts are not actually to “start again”, but reduce the amount of new buildings, open up views and access to the riverside, intergate the Diamond Jubilee Garden, all in an incremental way

We have our Planning Application, duly submitted, paid for with real monies, but still awaiting the Councils decision. That Application could provide the “core” of the change and improvment that is needed

How can we help the process forward?

Could we offer an option, or alternative?

The attached sketch drawings show how our Application 12/0719/FUL could fit into the wider conext , provide the new public open space, and visaul and pedestrian connection from the town to the river

Our proposal is a modest one, but it provides a way, using incremental steps, that the Terrace Garden and the Riverside  and Twickenham could be regenerated. We also get a new open, public space based on Water Lane which could accommodate market stalls

The ideas illustrated provides a small amount of new building , just enough to generate some “high-end” restaurant/ ofiice rents, to raise Twickenham’s town centre profile.

Tucked into the new “guildhall” buildings, providing “open access”, could be the community uses, we included in our Planning Application 12/0719/FUL, including meeting rooms, gallery, an Eel Pie museum?

There could even be “front office” Council space, to demonstrate the new “open and transparent “workings of the Council, in which all residents of Twickenham could participate and contribute.

At the Embankment level we have illustrated incorporating “boat stores”, but this space could also provide new public loo’s, and a lift up to the Diamond Jubilee Terrace Garden

If you like our ideas , please let us know via the contact email address below

Even better, let the Council know quoting Planning Application 12/0719/FUL

Martin Stearman Architect