Boris unveils 'floating village' plans for London

Design competition launched for 15 acres of water in the Royal Docks

London Major Boris Johnson
London Major Boris Johnson

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launching a design competition for a ‘floating village’ on the Thames in London in an announcement at MIPIM in Cannes.

His plan would see 15 acres of water at the Royal Victoria Dock site, beneath the Emirates Airline cable car, transformed by floating residences, hotels, restaurants and bars.

One and a half times the size of Green Park in London, it will connected to the rest of the capital by a new Crossrail station, as well as the DLR and cable car linking it to the city centre and Canary Wharf.

Johnson said: “This site is unique. It has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital while breathing new life back into London’s waterways.”

The design competition is open to all developers, but applicants from outside of the UK must have a London-based partner. The formal procurement process will begin this summer.

The Mayor said London was benefiting from a post Olympics boom, with the capital “at the top of investors’ lists”, driving building and jobs. “London is the locomotive of the UK,” he added.

The project is one of several being put forward to regenerate derelict sites around the capital's eastern waterways in the aftermath of last year's 200-hectare Olympic redevelopment by creating “the Venice of London”.

The London Development Agency is also seeking a partner to develop Royal Albert Docks, a 35-acre patch of derelict docks, unused warehouses and industrial land near London City Airport.

“Right across London there are incredible investment opportunities that I’m determined to bring to market, creating more homes and jobs for Londoners," said Johnson.

He continued by saying the Government needed to do more to boost the construction sector and infrastructure to drive UK growth.

 

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