An international competition seeking architect-led teams for a mixed use scheme at Twickenham Riverside.
Twickenham is an historic riverside town and has a substantial commercial town centre. The development site is located on the riverside in the heart of Twickenham, between Water and Wharf Lanes, including the Embankment. The right development has the potential to transform the town and to make a major contribution to the quality of life and economic success of the area.
The Council are looking for an innovative multi-disciplinary design team to work with them in developing this key site in this much-loved part of Twickenham. The area surrounding the site is a mixture of residential and commercial with areas of historic interest including Church Street, St Mary's Church and the Riverside itself, all of which fall within a conservation area.
The Council will be looking for a mixed-use scheme which creates a cohesive, high-quality townscape and public realm which recognises the importance of the river and seeks to provide activities that draw people into the site from surrounding areas.
Sarah Williams, S Williams Architects and RIBA Adviser said:
“It’s not often that architects get the opportunity to design a scheme along this stretch of the River Thames. Added to that is the Council’s aspiration to create something beautiful and valuable for the local community; a collection of places, spaces and buildings that can bring vibrancy and focus to this part of Twickenham. I’m looking forward to helping the council with this next stage of the project’s development.”
Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
“Twickenham Riverside should be the flourishing centre of Twickenham and the local area, but instead it’s being used as a car park with parking prioritised over people. For nearly 40 years this beautiful stretch of the river Thames has been awaiting a design that can showcase the riverside as a destination for people to live, play, work, enjoy and thrive. We are delighted to be working with RIBA Competitions to find an architect who has the vision and skills to deliver a design which creates a heart for Twickenham.
“Understanding the history of the site is key, but now it is time to look forwards. This is a great opportunity to deliver real change through an exciting, energising and fabulous design. We must invest in the future of Twickenham. I very much look forward to seeing the designs and working with the chosen team to make the riverside a destination we can all be proud of.”
It is anticipated that five teams will be shortlisted and invited to participate in the design phase of the competition. An equal honorarium of GBP £6,500 (+VAT) will be paid to each of shortlisted teams.