The Kingston Society Townscape Awards are the most prestigious accolade in Kingston for excellence in architecture and landscape, and they have served for many years as an essential component of the Society’s mission to promote and acknowledge quality in the development of the townscape of our beautiful part of London.
We are asking you to vote for the buildings or projects that you consider to have most successfully met our criteria: To have done the most to enhance the environment and achieved excellence in built or green contributions to the townscape of the Borough of Kingston over the five years up to the present.
You, the jurors, will not have access to complete information that will give you an objective basis for each of the following scores.
We invite you to use this scoring grid to make sure that each dimension is considered, and to put your best estimate of a score even where you have insufficient objective information. If you are unable to estimate, use the median score (e.g. 3 in the case of a 5 point scale).
The end result of our judging system will be your opinion of the overall merits of a nomination. This can be backed up with this analysis, incomplete but valuable, of the weightings you have put to the various dimensions involved.
This approach to scoring reflects the ambition of the Kingston Society for a balanced judging process in the light of the resources that we have available.
1. Overall Design and Aesthetics (40 points)
- Contribution to the advancement of knowledge
Surbiton Springs - a new 250sqm detached house - subtly references its suburban vernacular neighbours and creates a carefully curated relationship with its surroundings. Image courtesy Surman Weston Architects and copyright Johan Dehlin
A stunning new build. Works all but complete. The property is now occupied
These flats and small houses in St Andrew's Road replaced a row of garages, so this is a step up from the litter strewn mess at the top end of the road. Very well scaled for small site, fitting in well with their surroundings and having an architectural integrity you don't often see on small housing developments.
Exceptionally well detailed modern house built on site of Edwardian property. Effectively a reinterpretation of it's former self, but with a subtle upscale in grandeur, this new house is crisp and a crowd pleaser.
Siden Mews replaced Jewsons and its builders yard. Very well scaled for its small site, fitting in well with their surroundings and having an architectural integrity you don't often see on small housing developments. Possibly by the same architect as St Andrews Road (Editor's note FYI - they aren't)
Lidl House is new 250,000 sqf head office building in Tolworth. Nominating because it has a good community impact, eco-friendly approach and employee wellbeing is well thought out. Recognising it with an award would not only validate these efforts but also provide positive exposure and recognition within the industry and community..
One of the oldest buildings in Tolworth, and the most important. Bought by Steve Hall, preserved and restored. The elevations are almost exactly as they were, rescued from years of police use. The buildings are restored partly for the original purpose – a school – partly as apartments. Saved from demolition and a really excellent restoration. Owner Steve Hall Danebridge Investments and Developments LLP Architect: Brian Smith, RIBA
This refurbished and unused space, Formerly known as the Undercroft, within John Lewis has resulted in a performance space and an accessible location for the old Kingston Bridge remains and the medieval undercroft. FUSEBOX is a place for young people, emerging artists, and community organisations to come together. It is a multi-functional space, with areas for performance, exhibitions, creative practice, socialising, co-creation and more.
An upscaled and modern conversion of a dull utilitarian showroom into a riverside home. Multiple balconies maximise the outside space whilst excellent detailing make for a fine building. (see here for a before image: https://shorturl.at/eiKP3)
Refurbishing historic buildings is preferable to demolishing it. TOPO was designed by Robert Richardson in the Gothic style in 1875 & in1908 a Telephone Exchange was built on an adjacent site, by John Rutherford in the Arts & Crafts style. I am glad both survived the latest housing developments and despite the challenges, restoration looks worthwhile and promotes sustainable development.
(NB - though separate categories in our nominations, on reflection because many projects overlap, we have merged these categories for the vote)
Beeline Way is a natural space connecting New Malden and Raynes Park. Formally a closed area of land belonging to Thames Water, it is now a pedestrian walkway and cycle route housing a historic cattle bridge. Also include a children's play area, an area of protected ancient Beverley Brook
The Queen's Promenade has been transformed very imaginatively by volunteers. I am an elderly local resident and have found new beauty for my daily walks. Resting on the bench in the Sensory Garden has massively improved my mental health.The mural on the yacht club brightens up this area of our neighbourhood. The volunteers have organised it, together with the Sensory Garden. It brings tears of joy, they have brought happiness back.
BONNER HILL ROAD Bonner Hill Road. Sunflower Streets Residents' Association Growing Places initiative - bringing concrete street space to life, aiming to encourage residents of all ages to help inject some green into our neighbourhood and nurture their growth.
Berrylands Nature Reserve is a much loved wild green community space, which provides the perfect environment for discovering lots of special local wildlife, an enjoyable place to take a walk with a furry companion, or as a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
This large, low rise apartment block complex of 228 units is modest in design, but well detailed and built. It's major asset though is its 3 sided courtyard which is a well landscaped play area. On the main road the planting has been very successful too and if maintained will be a treasured green space. Very unusual for a modern development to put children and play at the heart of its green space.
Hogsmill Community Garden, Swan Path, Vineyard Close, KT1 2RH Greenscape. A small garden space with the focus on health and well being, providing craft workshops, organic gardening and social interaction. Project with Kingston University to build a shelter with green roof. https://fb.watch/n2KJTENt_U/