Richmond Council recently assigned The Teddington Business Community (TBC) to manage the creation of a hoarding to cover empty shop space (previously Bottoms Up) on the Causeway, vacant for almost five years and considered an eyesore.
Bridget Clements, Town Liaison Advisor during the installation
Hoardings are designed to improve the appearance of sites but the TBC wanted to also design an impactful and relevant one which reflected the character and appeal of Teddington town centre. With the help of LBRUT, the Teddington Society and Sims Opticians, research was undertaken to find out what businesses used to be in The Causeway using old documents and photographs.
Melissa Sims from Sims Opticians
In a nod to the Edwardian heritage of Teddington’s town centre shop names, shop windows and fonts used in the early 1900’s were used and designed it in a colourful and modern way to show both what shop names used to exist here and what new businesses Teddington residents most frequently wish for.
Information and photos are also included about Teddington’s Town Hall & Theatre which used to be found on The Causeway. The panels are created in such a way that they can be reused elsewhere.