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The development potential of the site has been acknowledged for many years. The Kingston Town Centre Area Action Plan identified the site for redevelopment. Redevelopment would deliver a large number of benefits, given its status as a vacant and its prominent location within Kingston town centre.
Planning permission was granted in 2014 for two buildings on the site with non-residential uses at ground floor level and apartments above. This permission was not viable and was not implemented, however the redevelopment potential of the site is well established.
At Thames Side Wharf there is an opportunity to provide an exceptional building, contribute to Kingston’s housing targets and play a part in transforming this part of the riverside.
The current proposals comprise a building rising to 16 storeys with a shoulder building rising to 13 storeys behind.
The neighbouring buildings step up in height as they move towards the site, providing context for a tall building in this location.
We believe the site offers a unique opportunity to deliver a new, landmark building for the riverside and creative quarter. This landmark building will be visible as you come into Kingston by rail, car and along the water and will provide a notable signpost marking out Kingston Town Centre.
As per the 2021 London Plan, Kingston is expected to deliver 2,250 new homes over the next ten years.
The redevelopment of this brownfield site will contribute towards this target whilst also providing new, affordable homes for those in need within the borough.
In addition to balconies for each home, there will also be communal roof terraces with dedicated play areas for residents to enjoy.
These spaces will be heavily greened and will offer a tranquil amenity space for residents of the building.
The redevelopment of the site offers a unique opportunity to provide new public realm along the Thames, completing the link between Canbury Gardens to the north of the site to the array of bars, restaurants and cafes to the south.
The space will encourage pedestrian movement along the water’s edge, inviting those using the area to make full use of the space along the river.
The space will also be landscaped with new trees and planters, offering much needed greening to the area, which is heavily built up. This new greening, along with new benches for public use, will encourage people to use this space to sit, relax and appreciate the key part of Kingston’s riverside. Our objective is to provide a space that has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of local residents.
We are designing this space to be a flexible creative space to contribute to the new Creative Quarter envisaged by the Council for this part of Kingston.
However, we are ensuring the space is Class E; the new flexible, catch-all class that can be utilised for a variety of uses.
There are many new benefits delivered as part of the proposals, including:
We are currently in close talks with near neighbours of the site, including John Lewis and Turks Boatyard, to ensure that there will be alternative means for vehicles to access the area whilst still providing pedestrianisation and public realm improvements.
We are currently consulting on the proposals, and will be hoping to receive consent at Planning Committee for our proposals in Summer 2022. If consent is granted, we will start construction on site in late 2022, with a view to have the building fully operational by late 2024.
In light of the current social distancing measures, we understand that it is difficult to conduct face-to-face consultation events. However, we are keen to engage with local residents despite the impact of Covid-19.
We have devised a ‘consultation at-a-distance’ strategy, based around this website, and we are happy to provide offline consultation materials. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to participate can do so. As Covid-19 restrictions decrease, we will be reassessing the best way to engage with the local community about the proposals.
We have also been reaching out to local councillors, stakeholders and other community groups to introduce the proposals and arrange initial meetings via videoconference to discuss their priorities.