- Location Twickenham, United Kingdom
- Client Richmond Borough Council
- Year 2024
Following an RIBA Competition, Hopkins Architects were appointed by Richmond Council to develop this key riverside site in the heart of Twickenham.
Through careful integration of building, landscape and riverfront experience, the team plans to create a new flourishing centre for the local area, where people can enjoy the full beauty and utility of the riverside, improving the physical, social, and psychological links between the river and the town.
A fully mixed-use development of shops, offices, workspaces, and social spaces together with a newly invigorated Diamond Jubilee Gardens, whilst respecting the needs of Eel Pie Island, will create a location where people can work, live, play, enjoy and thrive. The upper levels of the two main buildings will consist of apartments ranging from studios to large 3-bedroom flats, with 50% of them being affordable. The residential has been designed to optimise daylight, natural ventilation, and river views.
The revitalised gardens, kept elevated above the flood plain, provides new play space for old and young, with great views over the river. This space naturally extends into the riverside promenade, free of cars with ample opportunity to get close to the water. A new café in the Gardens, overlooking the play area, and a new pub at the end of the square will create excellent destination points for residents and visitors. Together all these new places make a new heart for Twickenham, bringing the town to the river.