Muybridge images to improve Kingston riverside building

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http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/victorian-artwork-takes-pride-of-place-on-kingston%E2%80%99s-riverfront/5001544.article

Victorian artwork takes pride of place on Kingston’s riverfront.

“Haworth Tompkins has won planning permission for a £9 million mixed-use scheme to revamp and extend a monolithic brown brick 1970s building on the banks of the Thames near Hampton Court.

Located in the middle of a flood plain, the original Bishop’s Palace House by the Raymond Spately partnership sits in the town centre of Kingston upon Thames adjacent to the grade II*
listed Kingston Bridge.

Originally designed as a supermarket, the unpopular building is on a 0.5ha site thought to have once hosted a medieval palace. It currently houses a river-level car park, offices, retail units, a nightclub and a pub.

Its new owner, Canadian & Portland Estates, commissioned Haworth Tompkins in 2008 to transform and extend the building by breaking down its mass, improving views across, around and through the site, and creating river terraces.

Project architect Jim Reed said: “Despite strong local support for the scheme, technical issues such as flooding and archaeology threatened to derail the project right up until the last moment.”

Reed’s 9,300sq m scheme mixes a variety of materials, including steel framing, curtain wall glazing, perforated metal, stone and even a planted “green” wall to express the new functions of the building.

Cafés and restaurants will replace the car park, while a rooftop pavilion offers views across the river and a large screen in the middle of the riverfront facade will show images from the work of local Victorian artist Eadweard Muybridge.

The project will be built in two phases to accommodate its current occupants. Work is due to start on site in autumn 2011.”

Posted here by Stephen Herbert

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