Riverside Public Realm Improvements

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Should you need any of the information available in an alternative format, please get in touch via phone 020 8547 5000 or email rebecca.treharne@kingston.gov.uk.


In Autumn 2020, a partnership of Kingston Council, Kingston University, Kingston First and the charity Creative Youth were successful in obtaining £200,000 from The Mayor of London’s Getting Building Fund. Weston Rengifo Architectural Practice (WR-AP) have been appointed to improve the area around the John Lewis riverside, to the north of Kingston Bridge.


Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our engagement sessions and the online survey over the last couple of months. Together with WR-aP, we have reviewed the information you shared with us and created some ideas for what the Riverside might look like.

These are by no means the final designs, but an opportunity for you to see what’s going on behind the scenes. You can share your feedback in our survey [link], and also at the next public engagement session on Wednesday 1 December - add the invite to your calendars now [link]!

This is what you told us in the first round of engagement:



These are just some of the many quotes we have pulled from the survey and engagement sessions and they have been paramount to influencing design themes and ideas. Together with WR-AP, we have started pulling together ideas for a space that links to wider London and Kingston, and also creates a safe, creative and vibrant space on the riverside. . Working around this emerging narrative, we have identified three common themes and potential focus areas for redesigning the space:


  1. Better links up and down the river and into the town centre

  1. Making the space feel more inviting and safe throughout the day and night

  1. Activation of unused JLP spaces


The good news is that the unused spaces in John Lewis are going to be transformed as part of the wider riverside project. The old restaurant will become a new co-working space and plans are soon to be revealed for the undercroft space. As these spaces are already being redeveloped, our public realm project is focussing purely on how to bring the public realm to life whilst complementing the new spaces. Therefore, the majority of the design ideas have been focussed on the first and second themes.

Please take some time to look over our designs and consider responding to our survey with your thoughts.

We look forward to seeing what you think.

Should you need any of the information available in an alternative format, please get in touch via phone 020 8547 5000 or email rebecca.treharne@kingston.gov.uk.


In Autumn 2020, a partnership of Kingston Council, Kingston University, Kingston First and the charity Creative Youth were successful in obtaining £200,000 from The Mayor of London’s Getting Building Fund. Weston Rengifo Architectural Practice (WR-AP) have been appointed to improve the area around the John Lewis riverside, to the north of Kingston Bridge.


Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our engagement sessions and the online survey over the last couple of months. Together with WR-aP, we have reviewed the information you shared with us and created some ideas for what the Riverside might look like.

These are by no means the final designs, but an opportunity for you to see what’s going on behind the scenes. You can share your feedback in our survey [link], and also at the next public engagement session on Wednesday 1 December - add the invite to your calendars now [link]!

This is what you told us in the first round of engagement:



These are just some of the many quotes we have pulled from the survey and engagement sessions and they have been paramount to influencing design themes and ideas. Together with WR-AP, we have started pulling together ideas for a space that links to wider London and Kingston, and also creates a safe, creative and vibrant space on the riverside. . Working around this emerging narrative, we have identified three common themes and potential focus areas for redesigning the space:


  1. Better links up and down the river and into the town centre

  1. Making the space feel more inviting and safe throughout the day and night

  1. Activation of unused JLP spaces


The good news is that the unused spaces in John Lewis are going to be transformed as part of the wider riverside project. The old restaurant will become a new co-working space and plans are soon to be revealed for the undercroft space. As these spaces are already being redeveloped, our public realm project is focussing purely on how to bring the public realm to life whilst complementing the new spaces. Therefore, the majority of the design ideas have been focussed on the first and second themes.

Please take some time to look over our designs and consider responding to our survey with your thoughts.

We look forward to seeing what you think.

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