POOLSITE HISTORY, 2005
2005 - Wind Power on Twickenham Riverside?
has announced intention of putting two 6.5 metre wind turbines on
the Riverside, despite the fact that it's a sheltered area surrounded
BWEA - British
Wind Energy Association - information on wind turbines
- Siting a Wind Turbine (particularly interesting)
4 June 2005:
Pictures of the Jubilee Gardens playground
Gallery 2 for the opening of the Jubilee Gardens and play
area, and the way they look.
2005: The new landscaped space, the playground, café and
toilets were officially opened by the Mayor. See below for
notes on additional improvements which will be carried out in the
area, in the short term.
Brochure: the Council has published a glossy 14-page
brochure on the regeneration, listing the groups selected for the Twickenham
Challenge to make the most of the public benefit of the scheme
(15-20% of the site):
The Council will undertake a detailed appraisal of the initial proposals
in by summer 2005, and shortlist those that will go forward for more
- The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Centre
- Laura Sevenus Swimming School
- Busen Anglo-Japanese Club
Trust - Twickenham River Centre
Long Term Development: work will commence on a planning
brief later this year. A planning application for the site will be made
in 2007 with the aim to receive planning permission in 2009. It is intended
that the development will include a commercial element: housing (including
affordable housing), cafés and restaurants, and possibly some
The Twickenham Riverside Regeneration brochure should
be delivered door to door in the borough. If you haven't received a copy,
they're available at the Council Offices or by phoning 020 8891
7888, or you can download
it from the website.
Short Term Plans: further environmental improvements
will be carried out on the Riverside:
- Replacement/repair of brick planters on the Embankment in front
of the scheme
- New planting to those planters to correspond with the landscaping
installed in the main scheme
- Refurbishment of the Embankment railings at the Wharf Lane end
of the Embankment
- The existing hoarding fence on the Service Road behind King Street
will be removed and replaced with a high quality close boarded fence
to match the wooden fencing within the scheme
- Improvements will be made to the street lighting on Wharf Lane
and the Service Road
new café and toilets have arrived and were
craned into place on 26 April. See Picture
Gallery 2 for more photos.
Riverside: outline proposal for the
Mayor's 100 open spaces, by James Deasley, RIBA
Imaginative design for the long term for the Riverside, including
abundant public open space and sufficient enabling development
to make the scheme work.
The large hornbeam
at the corner of Wharf Lane and the service road, a landmark of the
pool site, has been destroyed, despite the major trees on the pool
site having Tree Preservation Orders.
senior council officer has said:
"The retaining walls containing the roots of the tree are perished and must
"The removal of the walls to permit rebuilding would create a very significant
risk that the tree would topple
"Even if it were possible to retain the tree and rebuild the retaining walls
to the roots, there would still be a very significant risk that the tree would
"Clearly, this is an unacceptable hazard in any location. A replacement
tree will be agreed with the Arboriculture Manager & Planning Dept."
that there no specific survey has been done of the trees on the pool
site, and no report was made on this tree or any possible danger
it posed - or what measures could have been taken to preserve it,
or to reinforce the retaining walls.
Significantly, the retaining walls are NOT being replaced: some of
the existing concrete is being used as the base for a new brick wall
that was started on 15 April.
Council website: "Trees and Tree Management Policy "
Council website: "Tree
2005 - The London Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy (CAMS)
Agency is reviewing the management of water resources in the London
area as part of a scheme to produce strategies for all catchments
in England and Wales over a six-year period. (Water abstraction is
the removal, permanently or temporarily, of water from rivers, canals,
reservoirs or underground strata.)
The CAMS leaflet (.pdf,
2 pages, 86kB) provides the opportunity to register interest and make
comments or suggestions at this early stage in the development of the
strategy for the London catchment. They are particularly interested
to hear about the issues that are important to the community in relation
to management of water resources in the London area.
21 March, 2005
Work is proceeding
on the children's play ground at the Wharf Lane end of the pool site
and the larger pieces of equipment have been installed.
Update: 27 February, 2005
Online have a report
and pictures of the café.
Dearle & Henderson have applied for planning permission for the
café with a small allocation of toilets (three cubicles) within
the children's play area. Planning Application 05/0251/FUL.
The Council are soliciting comments, which had to be submitted by 23
of the Application, on the Council's website
Application (.pdf, 4 pages, 193kB)
including elevations from the Embankment, the Cafe, and the seating
area (.pdf, 2.4MB - may take a long time to download)
EUGENA: LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY
Eugena, the contractors who are doing the work on the poolsite, have
written to local residents and businesses with a progress report. The
letter is attached (.pdf, 60kB).
THAMES LANDSCAPE STRATEGY - LONDON'S ARCADIA
Jason Debney of the TLS has revealed the Strategy's plans for Twickenham
Riverside, including replacing the existing chestnut trees and decayed
planters with new trees in new landscaping.
Projects (including Twickenham Riverside)
for Twickenham River Front (.pdf 518kb).
11 January, 2005
seems to be completed - see the picture
gallery. Work is starting to mark out the children's play area
at the corner of Wharf Lane and the service road.
Knocking down the pool frontage has opened up the whole area and showing
how important it is that the pool site is kept as open space that everyone
can enjoy. The distinctive shapes of the trees along the service road
- mainly hornbeams - stand out clearly. One of the best views of the
pool site is from the Eel Pie bridge.
the Gallery is updated to provide a record of the construction process
at the old swimming pool. There are also photos of the surroundings,
the narrow access roads, the
pool site before work started,
and the demolition.
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The poolsite & surroundings
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