Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for the UK’s first ‘floating’ village, which is set to be situated at London’s Royal Docks. The first steps are now well underway, as last week Johnson revealed that the association Carillion Igloo Genesis had won the competition to design and build it. The ambitious plans began in February 2013, where Johnson first announced his vision to create a ‘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.
Design team Carillion Igloo Genesis have won the opportunity to transform the 15 acres of water at the Royal Victoria Docks which sits directly east of the Emirates Airline. It is set to be transformed into a thriving community; complete with floating homes, restaurants, bars, cafes and will even have its own ice rink.
Although the idea is a first for the UK, the design scheme takes inspiration from the tried and tested floating homes at Ijburg, Netherlands. They have been assisted by Dutch floating structures experts Mark van Ommen of Floatbase and Ton van Namen of Monteflore, who have already delivered similar schemes of over 300 floating structures.
When talking about the project, Boris Johnson said; ‘This site has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital while breathing new life back into London’s waterways. Carillion Igloo Genesis’ scheme will create a unique mixed use development providing a range of commercial activities within a high quality water environment for Londoners and visitors, creating jobs and raising the profile of London’s Royal Docks.’
The Victoria Dock floating village would be a first for Britain and, though small, would be Europe’s largest ‘floating village’. A planning application is expected to be submitted to Newham Council in Spring 2015.