TOWNSCAPE AWARDS - THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE -  

THANK YOU to all who have taken the time to cast their votes for our 2023 Townscape Awards People's Choice.

We received a total of 34 nominations spread fairly evenly over our categories. Perhaps unsurprisingly most of the nominations were for new build, but even so we were delighted that the other categories had some stunning entries, in no way subordinate, and given those categories often represent resident initiatives, are a reinvigorating reminder of the power of community as a force for good.

Our short list of nomination winners are below. After a committee meeting during which we implemented a rigorous selection process, we have decreased the number from 34 to 16. Unfortunately, a few wonderful projects were eliminated due to being outside the timeframe or not meeting other technical qualifications.

We would like you to choose just one project only as 'The People's Choice' which along with the judges awards will form a separate award to reflect your opinions. There is comment box at the end where, if you wish, you can say why you made your choice, or make any further comment.

  • NEW BUILDINGS of any size - click any image to see a larger version
'Uplands' Ditton Hill Road, Surbiton

1- 'UPLANDS' DITTON HILL ROAD, SURBITON

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

2 - NEW HOUSE 114 LOWER HAM ROAD

A stunning new build. Works all but complete. The property is now occupied

3 - Apartments St Andrew's Road, Surbiton

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.

4 - DOMESTIC DWELLING - 12 PORTSMOUTH ROAD KT1

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.

5 - SIDEN MEWS BRIGHTON ROAD SURBITON

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)

6 - LIDL HOUSE, 14 KINGSTON ROAD, SURBITON, KT5 9NU

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..

  • RENOVATION OF OLD BUILDINGS of distinction which have been refurbished and / or sensitively extended. Click any image to see a larger version.

7 - ST. MATTHEW'S PARISH SCHOOL, 299 EWELL ROAD, TOLWORTH, KT6 7AB

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

8 - FUSEBOX 2 BUCKLAND’S WHARF KINGSTON UPON THAMES KT1 1TF

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.

9 - DOMESTIC DWELLING - 2 PORTSMOUTH ROAD KINGSTON - REFURBISHED FORMER SHOWROOM

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

10 - KINGSTON ROYAL EXCHANGE (THE OLD POST OFFICE and the telephone exchange)

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.

  • LANDSCAPE: any feature that has made a contribution to the borough environment. Click any image to see a larger version.
  • GREENSCAPE: any feature that has ecology at the heart of its provision. Click any image to see a larger version.

(NB - though separate categories in our nominations, on reflection because many projects overlap, we have merged these categories for the vote)

11 - BEELINE WAY

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

12 - QUEEN’S PROMENADE FRIENDS

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.

13 - BONNER HILL ROAD Community planting

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.

14 - BERRYLANDS NATURE RESERVE, STIRLING WALK, SURBITON KT5 9HY

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.

15 - 'KINGSTON EAST' KINGSTON ROAD, NEW MALDEN, KT3 3SW

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.

16 - HOGSMILL COMMUNITY GARDEN

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/

Last Updated on October 20, 2023 by Kingston Society