LUC returns lido space to the Twickenham community
Since it closed in the 1980s, the site of the former Twickenham Lido had become overgrown and derelict, and was inaccessible to the public. Thankfully, after 30 years, the LUC-designed Diamond Jubilee Gardens has brought the public back to this much-loved space at Twickenham Riverside.
Princess Alexandra opened the park on 23 June and unveiled a plaque to mark the planting of a black poplar that commemorates the Diamond Jubilee.
LUC’s design celebrates the site’s history by retaining the original diving board and reinstating the swimming pool lanes in the rectangular lawn. Hedges surround the lawn and paving opens up into a sizeable town square and events space. The architects retained the existing mature trees and planted an additional grove to create a shaded viewing area overlooking the Thames and Eel Pie Island.
The addition of a café secures the long-term future of the site after years of controversy and various development proposals.