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Gensler's London river park plans submitted

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A kilometer long project to build a floating park on the River Thames concieved by Gensler has been submitted for planning

The park, which will follow the north bank of the river in the City of London, will be open free-of-charge to the public with 30 per cent of all profits donated to charity.

In May, it was announced that the project would receive £60 million in funding from asset managers Venus Group of Singapore.

John Naylor, head of property and construction at Venus Group, said: ‘This is a very exciting moment for the team and we are proud to have submitted plans for the floating London River Park.

‘These plans have been shaped by the expertise of many expert and experienced hands, as well as the people of London. During the months of consultation, we’ve been overwhelmed by the support people have showed us for these plans; where any concerns have been expressed we have endeavoured to discuss these thoroughly producing what we consider would be a world-class attraction for London.

‘We recognise there is a lot of hard work left to do but this is a major step forward. With the backing of the City of London and GLA, we can make the floating river park a reality in time for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations next year.’

Gensler was the concept architect for the project and Mace has been awarded the design and build contract for the scheme.


Fact box, London river park

The 420 metre western section will start to the east of Blackfriars Bridge and terminate to the east of Southwark Bridge. It will house floating pavilions, trees and open space in front of the historic Queenhithe Docks.

The 540 metre eastern section will run from east of Cannon Street Rail Bridge to the east of Customs House by Tower Bridge. As well as further floating pavilions, this element of the park will also include a new swimming pool that floats on the Thames and a new docking station for Thames passenger services.


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