Bird’s eye view (below) of the possible look of the Pool riverside site. In the foreground is a new pedestrian piazza at the foot of Water Lane with a new cafe/residential building oriented towards the River. Behind is shown a new River Centre building, sitting where the old swimming pool now is. Behind that are the buildings at the rear of King Street, rebuilt to provide shops and cafes reaching right through from King Street. The much improved service road is colonnaded to give shade in the summer and protection from the weather in winter.
Figure 4 (below) – a cross section stretching from the River to King Street. It shows how, by allowing the redevelopment of the rear of King Street, the Council could generate a financial contribution to the improvement of the Pool Site.
Common features: All the layouts shown are based on the “Rethink on the Riverside” Discussion Paper prepared by the Twickenham Society.
Also inspiration was taken from reading “Meakin’s Twickenham 2007 Reverie” as set out in the Programme for the “Twickenham Music Day 2003” held in Radnor Gardens, and therefore a Music Centre/Turner Museum is illustrated in some sketches.
The layout adopted for the service road derives the Dawnay Day proposals, as modified by ideas put forward by Jim Deasley and Clive Chapman in their Dec 2002 Alternative Waterside Development scheme for the Twickenham Society Group.
Figure 9 (below): this is a conceptual sketch for a much needed Planning Brief for the redevelopment of the rear of King Street. If such a project could be put in place the value of the resulting development, with great views of the River, might justify sufficient financial contribution to return community and river related uses to the Riverside, and even provide a Terrace Garden!