Big builds continue around the leafy boulevards of Twickenham. This time the big ‘un is actually a Lidl one… and a school It’s all getting underway on the site of Ryde House in Richmond Road, East Twickenham. The plan? A new Lidl supermarket on the ground floor with a new home for the relatively recently opened Deer Park School which currently operates from a temporary base at Richmond Adult Community College on Parkshot.


Deer Lidl


Demolition work has begun as is expected to last around 12 weeks with construction then taking place to accommodate the slightly unusual combination of a low price supermarket and a two-form entry primary school. An innovative use of space “in these difficult times” or a reflection of how proper planning for schooling our children has lost its way? You decide. But whatever you decide, the school provides much needed primary school places in this part of the borough. And when you have finished pondering on that you can ponder on other issues too.


New Lidl & school
(from Lidl website)

Parking and traffic seems to be causing some consternation East-side. The Lidl will have parking spaces assigned to it… 55 to be precise of which 44 will be at basement level. Meanwhile the Deer Park School will, we hear, have just the one. Let’s hope da kids can walk and bus to school because the thought of Richmond Road being (even more) full of Chelsea Tractors on a weekday mornings is not a good one.

The current expectation is that the school buildings will be complete by summer 2019.