london’s mayor announces plans for UK’s largest ‘floating village’
by Tim Willmott : Be the first to leave a comment
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has unveiled ambitious plans to create the UK’s largest ‘floating village’ as part of his on-going drive to transform London’s Royal Docks bringing jobs, commercial space and homes back to the capital’s waterways.
Launching an international competition to find developers and London partners to design and deliver the scheme, the Mayor made the announcement as he travelled to MIPIM, the world’s premier property conference, where he will be promoting this unique site and other investment opportunities in London.
His plans will see 15 acres of water at the Royal Victoria Dock site, sitting directly under the Emirates Airline, transformed into a thriving community with floating homes, hotels, restaurants and bars. When complete it will be one and half times the size of Green Park and have some of the best transport links in the capital with a new Crossrail station, DLR and the cable car linking it to central London and Canary Wharf.
Although new to the UK, floating developments are already a popular idea on the continent with successful schemes at Ijburg near Amsterdam and HafenCity in Hamburg as well as many others throughout Scandinavia.