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Francis Terry unveils revised Twickenham riverside plans

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Classical architect Francis Terry has revealed new plans for a proposed redevelopment of Twickenham riverside in south-west London, following opposition from local residents

When he won it in 2015, the scheme was the first competition victory for Francis Terry and Associates and marked a split from partnership with his father Quinlan to pursue differing architectural interests.

But the plans, including a Regency-inspired ampitheatre, came under fire from local residents. Terry Associates has now put forward three new proposals for the scheme, which is backed by Richmond Council. 

Proposal one suggests a single building running down the west side of King Street, with a second building facing the embankment and a terrace for people to sit, while proposal two is for an ‘L’ shaped building with three further buildings. Both proposals use a variety of colours and materials for the buildings, including red brick and weatherboarding. 

The third proposal is a revised version of the original, which retains the ampitheatre. 

Susan Burningham, a member of local residents group Riverside Action Group, said of the first two proposals: ’Although “chocolate boxy” and sadly lacking in imagination [they] are a little better than the original “coliseum”, which is sadly regurgitated in option three’. 

She added that the group was also concerned about the lack of information provided on the amount of space given to housing, compared with retail and business space. 

The council has provided no figures as to the amount of housing, jobs, or shops that will be created from the development. 

Richmond councillor Pamela Fleming, cabinent member for environment, said ‘passions have always run high’ for schemes along the Richmond riverside.

’We know that the original concept did not, for many, hit the mark,’ she added. 

’We have heard that people want to make Twickenham a destination, they want to draw people down from the town to the riverside. But, most of all we have heard that people want a design that is more in keeping with the local area. A design that reflects the history and style of local residential and business properties.’

Local residents are being invited to have their say on the latest proposals until 16 December, with further designs expected to be revealed in the New Year. 

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

View the three proposals in full here 


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  • This choice appears to residents to be an act of private patronage by a councillor who believes that ‘everyone likes Quinlan Terry’ (!) hiding behind the fig leaf of a competition without judges or formal criteria to judge by or any public assessment of how the entries met the criteria. ‘None of that damn nonsense about merit’ has been the guiding principle.

    One of our demands, therefore, is that the council scrap these plans and start again with an open competition following the RIBA guidelines https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Competitions/Competitions.aspx Does trhe AJ support this? I trust that it does.

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