Without wanting to re-open the debate about whether permission should have been granted for knocking down part of Regal House and grafting a new hotel on to the side, it’s now time for the work to begin, kicking off with some refurb work. Depending on your point of view, Regal House is probably the most iconic, ironic or just plain chronic building in the town. There are plenty that would love to see it razed to the ground let alone be expanded with a modern addition. There are others (OK, probably a small minority) who regard it as something of a sixties classic. Perhaps it is, but not in the acid-tinted pop of Sgt Pepper kind of way but more in the style of a raw and uncompromising album track from The Velvet Underground. No doubt, back in the day, the new Regal House was going to pave the way for a brave new future for Twickenham: “It’s like, err, one big office block, man. And, err, it’s got another big block on the side. Far out! And we’re gonna name it after the old cinema.” OK, so perhaps it wasn’t quite like that at all. And now? Well the barriers are up round the Tracy Island jutting-out bit, the skips are on site and the skyline is enhanced by yet another cabin on the roof. Seriously,what goes on in those places? Actually don’t answer, it’s bound to be something more boring than idle speculation might suggest. We just hope that they manage to do the work without demolishing the whole building (ahem, topical). Well, on second thoughts….