A Brief Update !!
Oct 7, 2018 —
We’ve heard that the Council may be presenting a Twickenham Riverside site brief to the Overview and Scrutiny meeting on 29 October, prior to approval at the 15 November Cabinet meeting.
With just 3 weeks to go until this meeting we thought it was important to share our expectations, collated from all your input over the past year, with the Council Leader Gareth Roberts and Twickenham Riverside Councillor Roger Crouch.
Below is the proposed brief that we sent them. We tried to keep it as open and flexible as possible to encourage a whole range of creative design solutions (although we’d love to see something similar to our concept scheme). Obviously, the Council will need to take into account other views (yours especially), and lay out their financial expectations for the site. How will they define viability? There are many more questions than answers at this stage: will it have housing or not? If so are they prepared to fund affordable/social housing? Will the brief allow flexibility for low cost, green, open space schemes (with no housing)? Etc, etc.
We sincerely hope the Council will consult on their brief prior to the Scrutiny meeting, perhaps they’ll present it or discuss it at their new ‘Community Conversation’ event for the Twickenham wards on:
15th October - South Twickenham, West Twickenham, St Margarets, North Twickenham and Twickenham Riverside - Clarendon Hall, York House. 6.30-9pm. More info: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/community_conversation
We recommend you attend to ensure you have your say. We’ll definitely be there.
BRIEFING REQUIREMENTS FOR A TWICKENHAM RIVERSIDE DESIGN COMPETITION
The full Twickenham Riverside Site comprises:
> The 1 King St/Water Lane purchase site (incl car park)
> The derelict pool site
> The Diamond Jubilee Gardens
> The whole of the Embankment, Water Lane, Wharf Lane and the service road to the rear of King Street.
THE NEED FOR A BRIEF
A comprehensive well-considered Brief is indispensable to achieving a successful outcome from a Design Competition.
The Brief would form the basis for a Design Competition to select a development team (Architect/Urban Designer/Developer) responsible for the overall development of the Site in accordance with the Brief. It should include the requirement that the winning proposal have a clear and viable strategy for implementing that proposal – indeed, that this be a cardinal proviso in selecting the winner.
The Brief must encapsulate what a majority of Twickenham residents who participated in the council consultation exercises since and including the Barefoot Consultation in 2010 have requested, must be in line with the 2013 Twickenham Area Action Plan (TAAP), and adhere to Local and National planning policy guidelines. Clear Objectives and Principles have emerged which can be summarised as follows.
> To bring about a complete site solution that provides a new town centre full of life and interest;
> To be a primary vehicle for the regeneration of Twickenham town centre;
> To provide a major attraction and destination for residents and visitors to this unique riverside location;
> To provide a beautiful space for people, not vehicles;
> To be delivered without any additional net cost to the Council, or other financial objectives (TBC by Council).
> To Increase Usable Public Open Amenity Space (providing a quality Public Realm);
> To provide a Riverside Town Square, at the heart of the proposal, large enough for a wide variety of events such as farmers’ markets, town fairs and ice rinks; this would form a key part of usable public amenity space;
> To Pedestrianise the Riverfront (by removing the Embankment road and relocating parking), ideally relocating parking from Water and Wharf Lanes too. Keep essential parking on site. Make the surface areas of the site as car-free as possible;
> To provide a Riverside Park along the riverfront, to include pedestrian/cycle routes, and a family centre (playground, café, soft play area, water related activities etc.); this would form a key part of usable public amenity space;
> To Open up Pedestrian Connectivity between King Street, the Town Square and the Riverside Park;
> To provide Boathouses and Facilities for a range of Riverside Activities (boats, boards, bikes, arts, crafts...);
> To provide Cafe and Restaurant spaces facing onto the town square & riverfront; a signature restaurant is a recurrent theme;
> To ensure Service Access to all facilities and an improved Eel Pie Island servicing area;
> To reflect the strong Cultural and Historical associations with Eel Pie Island, the riverside and the local area.
> Ideally, to include redevelopment proposals for the rear of King Street in conjunction with the owner, Evergreen.
> The Council must retain ownership of all the land.
There are clear links and possible overlaps between these Principles. They would also provide a context for further Options.
Competitors would be encouraged to be creative in developing Options, in combination and not excluding ‘new’ ideas they may wish to bring to the table, but without departing from the Objectives and Principles. The following Options were expressed by groups of respondents during consultation exercises and in response to the Planning Application (2018):
> Flexible Community Space(s) for Gallery/Music/Museum/Local Information Facilities
> Retail facilities
> Residential including affordable/social housing to Council requirements
> Offices / Small Business Units / Workshops
> Small Hotel
> Underground Car Park
> Landing stage
> Fountain/water features
> If possible retain the hornbeam trees or replace with other trees in the square/riverside park
> Improve the slipway in conjunction with PLA (not council owned)
> The current extent of the Diamond Jubilee Gardens would need to be increased in terms of the public amenity space provided (town square and riverside park); It is expected that the position and format of DJG will be redesigned as an integral part of the full site solution.
> The Eel Pie Island vehicle servicing area would be retained and improved in its current location adjacent to the pedestrian bridge;
> The adjoining King Street properties would need to be taken into account in proposals to enable a complementary possible future development of these properties.
CONSTITUENT PARTS OF THE BRIEF
> The Objectives and Principles as enumerated above;
> The Options, which would allow for flexibility/innovation in proposals for the site as enumerated above;
> Access/Links to Parking, Traffic and Servicing Studies specific to the site (including existing data and independent reports) that would inform the proposals;
> Urban Design and Landscaping guidelines;
> Relevant site related Consultant Reports that accompanied the planning application in December 2017;
> Submission Requirement to comply with the TAAP/Local and National Planning guidelines and respond to the Thames Landscape Strategy (The Arcadian Thames);
> Submission Requirement to comply with Urban Design guidelines;
> Submission Requirement to include an urban design/landscaping/masterplan showing overall integration, phasing and connections with the local context;
> Submission Requirement to provide a co-ordinated Delivery Strategy for the development of the entire site to include all consultants, specialists and contractors through to completion of the project;
> Submission Requirement to provide a Phased Design/Construction Plan/Programme demonstrating how the site would be developed in fully self-sufficient / financially viable stages;
> Submission Requirement to demonstrate the Financial Viability of the proposals.
Please let us know what you think either by adding a comment to this petition update or by email to email@example.com. But please also share your views with your ward councillors. Contact details: https://cabnet.richmond.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx
The Twickenham Riverside Park Team (TRPT)
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