We recently trailed the meeting about a Plan B for Twickenham station on here. There was a good turn out from the local community. The proposed alternatives were put to the audience and Scott “Hard As” Naylor took the opportunity to stick the boot into Solum’s current offering. Solum and Network Rail failed to show despite being invited and this gave a touch of preaching to the converted about the occasion. But fair play and respect to TRAG, rather than just complaining about the Solum’s plans, they’ve actually worked up alternative options.
Two schemes were presented, B1 and, wait for it… B2. As you’d expect from TRAG they’re both very low rise and focus on the station itself rather than maximising the property development opportunities on the site a la Solum. But as first cuts, they’re interesting and worth a look and in particular, B2 has an interesting blend of modern and 1930s about it. As to economic viability, B2 does include an option for flats to help fund the scheme, but detailed costings remain something for further investigation. Hang on a minute! Perhaps the RFU would like to contribute? And after England’s mediocre performance in the recent Rugby World Cup, a move away from sport and into propery development might be an option well worth considering?
And there’s even video footage:
YouTube video of Plan B2
And while you’re on YouTube, you can see the other TRAG videos from the meeting showing the presentations in more detail. Meanwhile. Solum’s current case rumbles through planning.