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Champions Wharf Sculpture Park

Champions Wharf Sculpture Park, July 2010. Photo: S Williams

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Champions Wharf Sculpture Park is a small walled sculpture court previously called Wharf Garden, consisting of a largely paved terrace with balustrade overlooking the river, with raised beds planted with heathers and shrubs. The abstract sculptures are works by Guy Rushworth-Harden and Mike Jensen based at Eel Pie Island Boatyard. The site is maintained as part of York House Gardens to which there is access via a gate in the wall to the west of the sculpture court. Adjacent to the sculpture court is Champions Wharf Play Beach, with play features including a Viking Boat, a Wherry or Victorian Water Taxi and archaeological dig with items from Twickenham Museum.
Champions Wharf Sculpture Park with Twickenham Parish Church behind, July 2010. Photo: S Williams
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Champions Wharf Sculpture Park, July 2010. Photo: S Williams
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Previous / Other name: Wharf Garden
Site location: Riverside, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3DT > Google Map
Type of site: Public Gardens
Date(s):
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Richmond
Site ownership: LB Richmond
Site management: Environment Planning and Review, Parks and Open Spaces
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: Play Beach
Events:
Public transport: Rail: Twickenham. Bus: H22, R68, R70, 33, 90, 290
Champions Wharf Sculpture Park with Twickenham Parish Church behind, July 2010. Photo: S Williams
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Champions Wharf Sculpture Park, July 2010. Photo: S Williams
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2014
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.richmond.gov.uk/parks_and_open_spaces

Fuller information:

Following the success of providing a temporary play beach here in 2011 and 2012, Richmond Council constructed the permanent Play Beach at Champions Wharf, which opened in August 2013. It provides a historical and educational space as well as being a space for play, with references to the human and natural history of the area, including Mesolithic, Neolothic and Bronze Age ?nds, and examples of earlier means of river transport in the form of the Viking boat and Victorian Wherry, the latter used for river transport up until the 1860s. Seating has been installed, summer shade provided and the balustrades modi?ed for safety, in order to provide a secure space for children to play. There are plans to redesign the layout of the rest of Champions Wharf, with a proposal by Poet in the City to create a contemporary version of Alexander Pope's Urn inscribed with contemporary poetry and framed by 4 Amelanchier trees, together with new paving and seating, and planting of parasol plane trees and a perennial meadow. Consultation on the scheme closes April 2015.

Sources consulted:

Grid ref: TQ165732
Size in hectares: 0.076
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Twickenham Riverside
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Thames Policy Area
Other LA designation:
   

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