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Francis Terry beats father to win first ever competition


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.’

Terry’s practice, Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects, famously worked on the Georgian-inpired 27,000m2 Richmond Riverside in the 1980s (see AJBL).  

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



Readers' comments (8)

  • Is there a typo in the Terry quote? Surely 'draft' should be 'daft'

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  • Such wit Mr. Thompson ...... The truth is THIS is the way to build for the future. Livible and desirable, providing beautiful towns for people to live happily in, rather than the usual institutionalized crap that is imposed on a public who must be sick to death of these modernist experiments. Experiments that have been systematically going wrong for a century now and still architects can't let go. Maybe because schools don't teach architecture any more.
    It's much easier to rubbish the Terrys and continue a doomed quest than to try to learn how to design buildings like this.

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  • A very sad manifestation of the fear of the future in this class divided society...
    "If you chase the past you will never catch up with it. Only by manifesting the present can you make the past speak." Sverre Fehn

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  • Old Fogey begets Young Fogey.

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  • This was never a competition, it was few Council favourites invited to submit a scheme with a brief that is confidential, it was judge by the Council and is now being pressed on the people of Twickenham. As a scheme it is wrong on very level as anyone who knows the site will see. increasing the foot print of buildings by over 300%, blocking any view down to the river and it will dwarf existing buildings, The Council are hoping that locals will be fooled by the Georgian elevations.
    As a local architect I am not fooled
    Terence Smith

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  • It's all about the elevation with the Terrys, isn't it. They rarely seem to send the press plans or sections. How is the building organised? How do you move around it? What does it feel like when you get there? It is all a mystery.

    Maybe a bit more of such information would explain things like why the symmetry stops being important at the curved yellow corner and what exactly is happening with the roof there. Maybe...

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  • no plans?

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  • David Simister

    Francis wins, Quinlan Disney (as they say in Scotland)

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