Classical architect Francis Terry has revealed images of his first ever competition victory – a proposed redevelopment of Twickenham riverside in south-west London
Terry beat six other bids, including a separate submission from his father Quinlan, to win the invited contest, which was backed by Richmond Council.
The concept plans for the scheme, which will include between 20 and 40 flats, shops and a Regency-inspired ampitheatre, were unveiled this week as part of a public consultation event.
Terry said: ‘[This was] the first competition in the history of office. Our policy has always been that we don’t do beauty contests.’
The proposals for the Twickenham site include pedestrianising the riverside, linking the high street and town centre to the embankment and creating two large community spaces. There is a proposed arcade, the same dimensions as Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly, providing another route from the town to the Thames and the main public space.
According to a council document, the three-storey development has been designed in the ‘Regency style’ with three bay pedimented structures on the corners which will be built from buff-coloured London stock brick.
Terry said: ‘The plans are all very draft at the moment.’
Explaining the compeition provess, a spokesperson for Richmond Council said: ‘We identified a list architects who had a track record of delivering high quality town centre mixed-use schemes in a classical style to ensure that they could produce a design that was complimentary to the area.
‘They were chosen for their relevant experience and previous schemes.’
Council cabinet member Pamela Fleming added: ‘These proposals are concepts. They are a starting point for discussions with residents about what might be possible and feasible on the site.’ The public consultation runs until 11 December.
July 2015 Quinlan and Francis Terry awarded the contract to create new ‘link’ from high street to the riverside
November 2015 Proposals unveiled in month-long public consultation
January 2016 Outline design and feasability study incorporating consultation feedback
October 2016 Planning application to be submitted
January 2017 Building on former bath buildings and car park space to begin
January 2018 Development of King Street buildings to begin
Spring 2019 Construction completed
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