Regal House already gets a lot of stick. OK so it’s not the most attractive building but the paint job it got a few years ago did improve things a lot – like Gok Wan making the best of what’s available, girlfriennnd. Or perhaps not. Regal House is already Twickenham’s token big building. It’s our older, squarer gherkin. Will these new developments be better and more loved than Regal House in the long run? We might well need more flats and a hotel (and that’s a much debated point in itself) but unless you’re building the Guggenheim in Bilbao or the Sydney Opera House the message has to be keep it simple, stupid. Twickenham doesn’t need any bold statements from architects making their lasting mark on the town before retiring to Devon, but nor do we need identikit suburban blandness. The challenge for those responsible for Twickenham’s development is not how it’s going to look when the paint’s dry and Vince Cable has cut the ribbon but how it’s going to look in twenty years time. Let’s hope they’ve got the vision and skill for that.