THE TWICKENHAM RIVERSIDE
The working group has explored a
combination of ways in which the site can be developed so as to
grace its riverside position, serve as a significant leisure
facility for Twickenham and contribute to the commercial well-being
of the town centre.
A number of themes are common to
the options that are examined in detail in this section of the
- Improve the ambience of the
riverside. The last few years have seen a growth
throughout Britain of a "Mediterranean" style
of living, with outside activities becoming more common
and diverse. The Twickenham riverside is already much
used by visitors who like the buzz of being by the river,
but much can be used to make the place more attractive,
such as open space that has multiple uses; an improved
Embankment; facilities and events that appeal to all
sections of the population; a safe environment that
encourages use by day and night.
- Increase the number of
visitors. The riverside can help attract visitors to
Twickenham and help those who arrive for other purposes
to spend more time and money in Twickenham. In this
regard, improvements to the ambience and new riverside
resources such as a Riverside Centre, restaurants and
bars and a pontoon for river users are important.
- Support the Thames Landscape
Strategy. This is a strategy for conserving the Thames
landscape and environment between Hampton and Kew. It has
a lot to say about Twickenham and its working riverfront,
and many of its recommendations are incorporated in our
- Support the local community.
There is no merit in a riverside development that has the
net effect of destroying the existing local community.
Unless the issue is sensitively dealt with, there is a
real possibility that the traditional boatyards, a long-established
rowing club, and the shops in Church Street could become
luxury flats and "life style" shops.
The working party has concentrated
on public open spaces and assets, leaving the developer to
propose enabling commercial utilities. The group has identified
the opportunities and evaluated them. The studies of each has
been carried out more thoroughly than reported in the interim
report of June, 1999. However, it has not been possible to reach
firm conclusions about what was then referred to as the "Living
Thames Centre". Much detailed work has been done in
developing the vision and concept, but more is required to
determine the size, content and viability of the Centre.