TOWNSCAPE AWARDS - AND THE WINNERS ARE...

Since 1988 The Kingston Society Townscape Awards has served as an essential component of the Society’s mission to maintain and elevate excellence in the development of the townscape of our beautiful part of London. And our part of London is, of course, always developing. This year, 2023, the Society pays homage to Neil Philpott And Tony Leitch recognising their pivotal work as past  Chairmen of the Kingston Society.

The Committee and independent Jurors reviewed 32 nominations submitted by the public and Kingston Society members. Each nomination was considered against some or all of these measures: Overall Design and Aesthetics, Landscaping and Public Spaces, Historic Preservation, Community Impact, Sustainability and Innovation – and also against the time window constraint imposed by competition rules. You might notice we have combined Landscape and Ecology categories in to one single

Category - Greenscape this is because we found that there was considerable overlap between the nominations.


PLEASE NOTE - All nominations and Winners are displayed at the Kingston Museum community corner. The Museum is open to the public Thursday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.00. And you can see the display until the 28th October

On 15th November, our next public meeting, we will staging the Awards Evening. This is an opportunity to meet speakers from the community for the very popular Peopple's Choice vote, the jurors, the architects and the developers. The Awards will be presented by te Deputy Mayor. Do come along, it promises to be most interesting. This will be our final public meeting of 2023 -  ALL WELCOME.

PEOPLES CHOICE:

QUEEN'S PROMENADE FRIENDS

QUEEN’S PROMENADE FRIENDS

(Nominator's submission comment) 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.

This creation is a model for recognising the potential in a neglected corner of our townscape and then corralling the energy and imagination of a dedicated team of volunteers to realise something new, beautiful and of value to a huge number of Kingston people.The Queen’s Promenade gardens are sited most prominently, beside the Thames in the middle of town, where thousands of people pass every day, and now linger. The original motivation of rescuing a garden has burgeoned, with the original Pocket Park and now also the Raven’s View Garden, an Italian Garden opposite St. Raphael’s, and the Sensory Garden, rising in a place where there was, previous to 2018, dereliction and abandoned rubbish.

The Jurors admired the efforts that have been made to draw in local schools and community volunteers to contribute to the upkeep of the gardens, and the rescuing and repurposing of artefacts like the Victorian gardener’s hut and old broken benches as well as the new planting of, for instance, a rose hedge, ornamental fruit trees and other indigenous species.

  • “Architect”: Julian Meers
  • Project commenced: 2018
  • Queen’s Promenade Friends formed March 2019
  • Project ongoing; For more information visit: queenspromenadefriends.org

NEW BUILT CATEGORY WINNER:

SIDEN MEWS

SIDEN MEWS

(Nominator's submission comment) 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)

64 - 68 BRIGHTON ROAD SURBITON KT6 5PP

This is a development of 16 residences in a site that was formerly a builders’ merchant’s yard in Lower Brighton Road, Surbiton. Made up of 2 storey buildings with 3rd storey recess fronting Brighton Road,  they include flexible commercial space on the ground floor and 7 residential dwellings above with 9 terraced properties to the rear, together with associated access, parking, waste, cycle storage and landscaping. It is a small site, but the Jurors were impressed by the skill of the developers in scaling the development to capitalize on the available space, and the context of the road.

The Jurors were appreciative of the way in which the site design fits in well with the surroundings in Lower Brighton Road and enhances the townscape. There was praise for the architectural integrity in this development – something that the Jurors would like to see repeated in other small housing developments in Kingston.

  • Developer: Rocco Homes
  • Architect: WAMM Consulting Ltd
  • Project started (planning application): July 2020
  • Completed 2023. For more information visit roccohomes.co.uk

REFURBISHMENT CATEGORY WINNER:

ST. MATTHEW'S PARISH SCHOOL

ST. MATTHEW'S PARISH SCHOOL

(Nominator's submission comment) 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.

299 EWELL ROAD, TOLWORTH, KT6 7AB

For the Jurors, this was an example of the restoration of an historical building that has great importance in its locality. The St. Matthew’s Parish Schools building is one of the only historic buildings in the Tolworth area, designed by the eminent architect who designed St. Matthew’s Church – Charles Lock Luck. These school buildings have pride of place in their street-scape but have had unsympathetic prior owners and have been under threat of demolition twice since 2010. It is a triumph for our townscape that the buildings have been preserved from this fate and restored in a 2018 development.

The Jurors admired the manner in which the fabric of the original Charles Luck Parish School building had been restored as originally built, keeping the fine elevation facing Ewell Road. They had praise also for the preservation of the later, 1901, addition to the schools, along Broomfield Road, with slight, but very sympathetic changes to the window lines. Steve Hall has managed to increase the space available devoted to the building’s original purpose – a school – and also create 9 apartments in the original building, behind that beautifully preserved front.

  • Developer: Danebridge Investments and Developments LLP
  • Architect: Brian Smith
  • Project started (buildings purchased): 2018

GREENSCAPE CATEGORY WINNER:

BERRYLANDS NATURE RESERVE

BERRYLANDS NATURE RESERVE

(Nominator's submission comment) 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.

STIRLING WALK, SURBITON KT5 9HY

This is a wild green community space, located along Tolworth Brook just where it enters the Hogsmill River, in Berrylands. What struck the Jurors first of all was the success with which this Reserve has become a much-loved part of the local community, through the brilliant efforts of a dedicated group of Friends in looking after the natural heritage, in bringing in enthusiastic volunteers and in supporting the community around the Reserve. These efforts have created an admirable complement to the townscape of Berrylands and have ensured the preservation of a range of different types of habitat: broadleaf woodland, oak trees, ponds, and grassland.

For the Jurors, the development of the Berryl­­ands Nature Reserve provides an example to the rest of Kingston of the imaginative way that a local team can ensure that landscape and ecology is addressed in a manner that not only enhances people’s appreciation of nature, but also enhances our townscape, with activities ranging from maintaining paths to coppicing indigenous hazel trees.

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Last Updated on November 9, 2023 by Kingston Society