We are delighted to share that we have appointed award-winning architectural practice Ryder Architecture to take forward the next phase of the Social Spaces project.
The Social Spaces project consisted of temporary planting, seating and greening in three locations in Kingston town centre; outside the train station; on lower Fife Road and Thames Street. Following positive feedback from local residents, visitors and businesses Kingston First and Ryder will be working with businesses, local communities and users to develop plans and designs to introduce permanent seating and greening and better wayfinding interventions in these locations.
Programme of activity
The architects Ryder are currently doing site visits to the three locations. They are currently collating information about the spaces; including highways and utilities information and details of any works underway or planned. With this information and the feedback already received from businesses, residents and community groups they will start to develop design options for each of the sites.
A series of drop-in sessions and online meetings will be set up to collate feedback from local businesses, residents and community groups about the three sites and to share the initial design thinking and approach.
Feedback will be incorporated into the final design proposals expected at the end of March. We then hope to go to consultation on the proposed designs for the sites but this will be dependent on the proposals.
How you can be involved
Tuesday 21 February – 12-2pm (Drop-in) – Urban Room (Market House), Ancient Market Place – Please get in touch to register your interest
Thursday 23rd February – 5-7pm – Online – Please get in touch to sign-up to this
The Social Spaces project is a joint partnership between Kingston First and Kingston Council. Following a competitive tender process Ryder Architecture have been appointed to deliver RIBA Stage 2 Designs for the three sites.
This phase of the project is focussing on design development only, and the current access and parking arrangements continues as usual for each area.
The project is being managed by Kingston First. For further information or any questions please contact: