Concept designs reveal radical rethink on Ryde: See the drawings

OnTheWight has internal Isle of Wight council documents showing concepts to how Ryde Esplanade might be redeveloped. Some of them are pretty radical.

Ryde Gateway Plans

OnTheWight has seen internal Isle of Wight council documents showing a number of concepts being explored to remodel Ryde and its Esplanade area.

We now share those with you.

Some radical concepts
There are some very radical ideas (below) – not that radical is necessarily bad.

The ‘Comprehensive’ version apparently has large new structures covering the whole of the car park by the Hovertravel terminal and over much of Ryde Harbour. The legend for the plans has not been forthcoming, so what they are is as yet not definite.

Housing on Upper St Thomas’ Street car park
Other plans show the changing of Ryde’s Upper St Thomas’ Street car park into housing

The Power Point slides were projected onto a screen during a presentation to Ryde Town Council in March 2018 also include the following description for the possible redevelopments.

These are ideas/concepts to be floated for discussion.

The Regeneration team has twice attended Site Match – a speed dating event to match those who want to develop with developers.

The Regeneration team say they will assess options and viability of the proposals.

“Potential options identified”
From the document the Regeneration Team outline the concepts.

  • Comprehensive Regeneration, integrated and area wide regeneration to make optimal use of land and create transformative solution.
  • Restoration approach seek to put heritage at the centre of proposals maximum open space.
  • Strategic intervention, work with existing uses adding additional development.
  • Limited Intervention avoids difficulty of land assembly and lease agreements.

Public meeting this evening
There’s a meeting in Ryde planned for this evening (Wednesday 2nd May) to discuss the Isle of Wight council’s plans for the regeneration of the area.

History of Ryde’s regeneration
The redevelopment of Ryde’s ‘Gateway to the Island’ has been much discussed previously, with the most recent time being the grand redevelopment of the Ryde Interchange being cancelled nearly ten years ago in 2009.

The architect said at the time:

“We had put four years of work into the project and to see it scuppered at the last minute is a huge shame.”

Prior to the cancellation, the council had ‘accepted’ £6.2m funding from the Government for the scheme.

History of Ryde's regeneration
The redevelopment of Ryde’s ‘Gateway to the Island’ has been much discussed previously, with the most recent time being the grand redevelopment of the Ryde Interchange being cancelled nearly ten years ago in 2009.

The architect said at the time:

“We had put four years of work into the project and to see it scuppered at the last minute is a huge shame.”

Prior to the cancellation, the council had ‘accepted’ £6.2m funding from the Government for the scheme. The cancellation of the project led to £1.5m of funding being lost.

Concepts
These are ideas/concepts to be floated for discussion.

Ryde Redevelopment Proposals
Ryde Redevelopment Proposals
Ryde Redevelopment Proposals
Ryde Redevelopment Proposals
Ryde Redevelopment Proposals
Ryde Redevelopment Proposals

Views of concerned resident
A concerned Ryde resident has also annotated the concept plans, questioning what the buildings might be used for.

Annotated plans by concerned resident
Annotated plans by concerned resident
Annotated plans by concerned resident
Annotated plans by concerned resident
Annotated plans by concerned resident

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6 Comments on "Concept designs reveal radical rethink on Ryde: See the drawings"

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Colin
So in the brief explanation at the bottom of the drawings, the IWC wants to develop retail/commercial facilities. Are they off their heads? The last thing the Island needs is more retail and especially not on the sea front. One has only to look at the empty shops in Ryde town and also Sandown, Shanklin and Newport. What is needed is leisure facilities and preferably something that… Read more »
electrickery

Apart from the belated and unpublicised meeting on the very day of this news breaking, no sign of the essential involvement of all the stakeholders including residents, TOwn Council, IW Tourism, Wightlink, two railways …
If you had a major development to conceive and implement, which public body would you be least likely to choose for the job? Quite. Let’s not raise our hopes yet.

Steve Goodman

A reminder of the previous missed opportunity for a free-funded improvement and the £million or so consequent quiet cost to Islanders of the 2009 last minute Con. council cancellation; fingers crossed for a better (and much better vfm) outcome sometime before the sea levels get so high that much more radical redevelopment will be required.

annge
Having attended the 1st & 2nd regeneration meetings, I am shocked that this is what has materialised. No one mentioned filling up car parks with more housing, the one thing that was noticeable was people were saying Ryde needs more car parking especially on the seafront. Where are all the commuters going to park? There are not jobs on the Island for them and if this concept… Read more »
njb249

The Comprehensive looks like an re-enactment of the Ryde Interchange Proposal of a few years ago that cost the tax payer and came to nothing! Why is it the IOWC fails to learn from its past errors of judgement?

profoundlife
I’ve seen the council push this a few times now with Youth gatherings, looking at what could be done with the interchange area. Fair play to the kids – they have some good ideas about leisure facilities, good public space and public art to bring people to the island and help create more identity for the town as well as spaces for creative designers and hubs for… Read more »