The emerging design proposals create a shaded green space with more trees and improved views to the river and Hampton Court Park (Home Park). A range of seating caters for both social activities and quiet, contemplative reflection in more secluded parts of the site, as well as seating close to the river. Opportunities for play – for all ages – are included throughout the site. The existing greenery is made more biodiverse through insect and pollinator friendly planting, with new routes through the greenery also creating play opportunities for children.
This initiative is part of Kingston town’s public realm strategy; Reimagining Kingston Town Centre’s Streets and Spaces which was completed in collaboration with Kingston First, Kingston Council, Kingston University and the GLA. The strategy sets out a blueprint for how public spaces could be invested in to improve the experience of Kingston, encourage more people to move around all parts of the town and ensure that the town’s culture, heritage and riverside assets continue to be developed. It also feeds into the work currently underway which looks at how we shape the future of the town centre and surrounding area; A Plan for Kingston Town Centre Area.
The Eagle Brewery Wharf project is part of the council’s wider heritage-led ‘Transform Kingston’ regeneration programme, which looks to reinvigorate and reshape the town centre to make it even better for residents, local businesses, students and visitors.
These significant public realm improvements are an extension of the work being done to reduce anti-social behaviour on the Eagle Brewery Wharf site. In the last few years, the council has put a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place to give them and the local police power to regulate activities in the area, as well as partnered more closely with establishments along the riverside to increase people’s enjoyment of the space.