Kingston Riverside, 2014

revitalised public realm and restaurants by the Thames

Following their appointment by Canadian & Portland Estates in 2007, Haworth Tompkins have completed phase one of their revitalisation of Bishops Palace House in Kingston upon Thames, to create an exciting new retail and leisure destination. The Bishops Palace House site lies in a prominent location on the western edge of the Old Town Conservation Area on the bank of the Thames, next to the Grade II* listed bridge. The bridge, which connects to Horsefair, provides the major route into Kingston from the west and neighbouring towns such as Hampton, Teddington and Twickenham.

Clad in a dark brown brick, the existing building is a monolithic three-storey building, which was originally designed as a supermarket at street level with car parking below facing onto the river, with mixed uses distributed in the other areas. The building is still home to a variety of uses including retail, offices, nightclub and a pub. Five new commercial restaurants and space for six independent ‘pocket’ units have been carved out from the original carpark, set within a rusticated portland stone plinth which wraps around the riverside level from the pedestrianised ramp to the north and into Bishops Hall to the south. The choice of stone echoes the listed bridge structure whilst reinforcing the civic nature of the location.

In this first phase Haworth Tompkins have capitalised on the potential of this special setting by re-orientating the building to face the river, and improving connections from the town centre to the east. These works have served to re-establish the ‘Riverside’ as a destination prior to the renovation of the rest of the building, and will allow the existing leases for the other tenants in the upper levels to run their natural course.

“The team at Haworth Tompkins started a painstaking forensic examination of the existing building, and in doing so were able to reveal very clever ways of phasing huge improvements to the building, which everyone in Kingston is now able to start enjoying. We are thrilled with the result” John Miles, Canadian & Portland Estates


canadian & portland estates

main contractor

life build solutions limited

project manager


structural engineer

price & myers

services engineer

skelly & couch

picture credits

philip vile, tangle photography

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