Inventory Site Record

Champions Wharf Sculpture Park

Champions Wharf Sculpture Park (Richmond)

Brief Description

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.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Wharf Garden
Site location:
Riverside, Twickenham
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Open to public?
Opening times:
Special conditions:
Play Beach
Public transport:
Rail: Twickenham. Bus: H22, R68, R70, 33, 90, 290

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.

Full Site Description

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 finds, 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 modified 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:

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Richmond
Site management:
Environment Planning and Review, Parks and Open Spaces
Listed structures:
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:


Local Authority Data

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:
Conservation Area name:
Twickenham Riverside
Tree Preservation Order:
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Thames Policy Area
Other LA designation:

Champions Wharf Sculpture Park

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

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