• Press statement

Potential borough home for Gloriana NOT to proceed

Earlier this year, following a feasibility study which considered various sites in the Borough, Richmond Council opened a consultation on a possible site for a home for The Queen’s Rowbarge, Gloriana, on the site of the former Orleans House boatyard and dock.

Though results of the consultation have not yet been fully analysed it is clear a substantial majority of respondents were opposed to Gloriana’s permanent home at this site.

It has therefore been agreed between the Council and the Gloriana trustees not to proceed any further with this project. The Heritage Lottery Fund application has been withdrawn. No planning application will be presented by either party. No other site is being offered or considered by the Council.

Speaking after the announcement, Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “It is a pity that this beautiful craft, which was conceived on our river, will not find a home here. She could have been a great asset to future generations in Twickenham and the whole Borough. However, as the Cabinet Report in July showed, we always acknowledged the significant issues to address on this site, notably in terms of preservation of character, access and the construction period. While we believe that with goodwill most, if not all, of those could have been addressed in a pre-planning and planning phase, the controversy that has been aroused does not create the conditions in which that could be done. We have decided therefore to let the matter rest.”

Cllr Lord True, Leader of the Council, added: “Gloriana deserves to – and I am sure will – find a home where she is welcome and can be cherished for what she is, a working vessel serving charitable causes, a triumph of Borough craftsmanship, a future part of our national heritage and a tangible monument in centuries to come to the Diamond Jubilee of a great Queen. We wish her well.

“Given that our own master boat builder, Mark Edwards, created her, it was natural to explore the possibility of a home here in the Borough. I would like to thank Lord Sterling, Foster + Partners, the Gloriana team and all those who worked to bring forward an idea for public discussion and consultation. Many local people did support the idea of Gloriana’s coming to the Borough, but, sadly, in hosting such a unique and specialised craft, a number of technical issues arise, which limit the number of practical sites and require compromise. The Council has no current plans to conduct any further studies.”

Speaking on behalf of Gloriana Lord Sterling stated: “We were kindly invited to work with Richmond Council on a study to assess the feasibility of building a permanent home for The Queen’s Rowbarge, Gloriana, in Richmond. Sadly, the consultation carried out following the feasibility study showed that there is opposition to using this particular site. We have therefore decided to explore further locations along the river.”

• Potential borough home for Gloriana NOT to proceed [Council 11/09/2014]

• Shed scrapped!

[9:45am Friday 12th September 2014] Laura Proto, RTT Chief Reporter:  A permanent home for the Gloriana will no longer be built in the borough after a u-turn by Richmond Council. A consultation on proposals for a boathouse at Orleans Park for the Queen’s Rowbarge ended on August 31 and a report on the findings was due to be presented at a cabinet meeting next week.

This morning, the council announced that though the results of the consultation have not been fully analysed, it was clear a “substantial majority” of people were opposed to a permanent home at this site. The council and the Gloriana trustees have agreed not to proceed any further with the project and the Heritage Lottery Fund application has been withdrawn. No planning application for the boathouse will be presented by either party and no other site is being offered or considered by the council.

Lord True, leader of Richmond Council, said: “Gloriana deserves to, and I am sure will, find a home where she is welcome and can be cherished for what she is; a working vessel serving charitable causes, a triumph of borough craftsmanship, a future part of our national heritage and a tangible monument in centuries to come to the Diamond Jubilee of a great Queen.

“Many local people did support the idea of Gloriana’s coming to the borough, but, sadly, in hosting such a unique and specialised craft, a number of technical issues arise, which limit the number of practical sites and require compromise. The council has no current plans to conduct any further studies.”

Councillor Pamela Fleming, cabinet member for the environment, said the Gloriana would have been a “great asset to future generations” in Twickenham and the rest of the borough.

She said: “As the cabinet report in July showed, we always acknowledged the significant issues to address on this site, notably in terms of preservation of character, access and the construction period. While we believe that with goodwill most, if not all, of those could have been addressed in a pre-planning and planning phase, the controversy that has been aroused does not create the conditions in which that could be done. We have decided therefore to let the matter rest.”

Gloriana boathouse proposals withdrawn in council u-turn

• Twickenham MP Vince Cable voices opposition to docking of the Gloriana in Orleans Park

Twickenham MP Vince Cable has joined the wave of opposition against the docking of the Gloriana boathouse in Orleans Park. Council proposals to give the Queen’s Royal Row Barge a permanent home in the town, have angered residents who fear it will destroy natural habitats and create traffic chaos.

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Mr Cable visited a council exhibition of the project on Sunday, July 20, and was not convinced the plans are in Twickenham’s interests. He said: “It looks to be a good idea to have the old Royal Barge housed on a new dock in Twickenham. But the access road is too narrow and congested for visitors. This is a prestige project costing £1 million in capital and potentially annual support. And it is at the expense of green space in one of the best-loved parts of the borough.” . . 

Source: RTT Online July 26

• News Archive

Event open to the public:

• Richmond Council Cabinet Meeting York House July 9 at 7 pm  

News for June 2014:

• Foster & Partners unveils Gloriana boathouse [Building Design June 8]

• LBRuT press release: Richmond could become home to the Queen’s Royal Rowbarge [Jun 20]

• Twickerati: The Twickenham Gloriana Experience  [Jun 22]

New Permanent Home For Gloriana Proposed At Twickenham [On The Thames June 24]

• Richmond Times (printed version): A right royal argey-barge-y p 1 and letters 25-26 [June 27] 

• Guardian: Museum for Queen’s barge Gloriana sparks protest in Richmond [Jun 29]    

• The Evening Standard: Centre for Queen’s rowbarge Gloriana ‘will be like a Disney attraction’, protest locals [Jun 30]

• Richmond Times (printed version): Anger spills over about Gloriana boathouse [Jun 27]

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News for July:

• Gloriana in Twickenham: The Great Boat House Bust Up Continues [Twickerati Jul 01]

• GetWestLondon: Royal barge Gloriana sparks row over where to call home [Jul 02]  

• Richmond Times (printed version) : Wild rumours’ over Gloriana boathouse p 7 and letter p 26 [July 4]