Kingston Riverside

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In Autumn 2020, a partnership of Kingston Council, Kingston University, Kingston First and the charity Creative youth were successful in obtaining £200,000 from The Mayor of London’s Getting Building Fund to improve the area around the John Lewis riverside, to the North of Kingston Bridge. WR-AP were appointed to help to design and deliver the proposals in August 2021 following an open competition submission, developed in collaboration with local school, The Kingston Academy.

 

A lot of consultation has taken place since to help guide the scheme, including engagement with:

  • John Lewis and Partners

  • Kingston Academy

  • The Greater London Authority

  • The Environment Agency

  • The Metropolitan Police

  • DAWN (Kingston’s Disability and Wellness Network)

  • Local community groups

  • Local residents

  • The general public

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Taking into account all of the feedback gathered at consultation and engagement events as well as our evolving narrative, we began to refine our competition winning proposals further into a narrative based around a healthy, happy and holistic new public realm proposal.

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In collaboration with the local authority it was elected to develop three key sites within the site boundary where there are specific issues that need to be addressed: These included: the two entrances connecting the site to Canbury Gardens and Kingston Riverside restaurant, and the performance space (linking to the internal activation of the former nightclub as a performing arts centre). 

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The site is currently undergoing Phase 1 of development, including works to the stage area and improved lighting. The intention is that more of ideas will be integrated into later phases, such as a new green wall. Phase 1 should be completed in QTR 4 2022.

Date of completion: 2022

Total Cost: 150K

Gross internal Floor Area: 1,500 sqm

Client: Kingston Council

Main Contractor: FM Conway

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