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Studio Egret West wins planning for floating Docklands proposals

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[First look + plans] Studio Egret West (SEW) has scooped permission for its competition-winning, ‘meanwhile use’ swimming pool and leisure project in east London’s Docklands

Dubbed London’s Floating Village, the project was one of four Meanwhile London winners chosen by the London Borough of Newham and the LDA earlier this year and features a series of floating platforms which will be transformed into gardens, cafés, restaurants and a ‘destination bar’.

The focal point of the proposals is a new swimming pool, to be known as The Royal Docks Baths.

SEW’s David West said: ‘The idea for a floating village and swimming pool came first and foremost from a desire to reclaim and re-establish activity on the waters of the Royal Docks. Floating structures on the docks, be they boats, pontoons or bridges, will help redefine the focus of the Royals and help to make sense of the developments on the edges. London¹s Floating Village will act as a destination that raises the consciousness of a part of London in few people’s minds. 

He added: ‘With its pool, spa and restaurant it will become a year round, day/night attraction lending itself to community events, as well as corporate entertainment and conferences.’

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