Teddington Studios redevelopment to create pocket park by River Thames

Planning permission has been granted for the residential redevelopment of Teddington Studios which will feature a new "destination" public green space and private gardens.

Buildings incorporating 219 homes will be set back from the River Thames at the scheme in south west London, allowing gated gardens with raised planters and formal lawns to be created over a car park, after Richmond Council approved the plans this week.

Alongside the river a new pocket park is to be built, designed by landscape architect practice Pyke Associates, which will feature new street trees and a lawn gently banking back towards the central building with a formal line of shrubs and herbaceous planting around the building’s periphery.

The park is designed to be floodable as part of the flood prevention strategy, alongside green roofs, rainwater harvesting tanks and permeable paving,

"The area adjacent to the River Thames will become a destination for both visitors and residents, providing a new publically accessible garden and access to the river front," Allen Pyke Associates has said.

Natural play boulders and timber play equipment will also feature, in both the residents’ communal gardens and the publically accessible riverside gardens. There is 6000m2 of green space in all in the plans, developed with T P Bennett architects.

Teddington Studios, the current home of Horticulture Week owner Haymarket Media Group and broadcast and filming facilities run by Pinewood Studios, has had a long history of film and television making dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Its redevelopment allows the company, which bought the site in 2004 and leased the studio facilities to Pinewood, to move to new headquarters in the borough.

Haymarket chief executive Kevin Costello said: ‘We are delighted with the council’s decision to approve our proposals. We are immensely proud of our strong local ties stretching back over 35 years."

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