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5th Studio's Fatwalk gets planning consent

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5th Studio has landed unanimous approval from the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee for the first phase of its Olympic Park Fatwalk project

The Fatwalk will connect the river Thames and the Olympic Park, completing a 26-mile connection between London’s Green Belt and the Thames at Blackwall.

The first phase of works to create the Lea River Park is fully funded, with £28m allocated to the project by the LTGDC.

At Bromley by Bow, a tower structure containing a lift and staircase - as well as nesting space for Swifts - will enable a connection between Three Mills and the eastern riverside via Twelvetrees Bridge. .

At Poplar Reach a major river crossing will be established to connect the existing eastern riverside walk (currently a dead-end) to a new western river edge on the former Leven Road gasworks site, linking the river with residents of Poplar.

A ‘Connector’ structure, threaded under the A13 through a tangle of highway infrastructure, will create a much-needed north-south crossing alongside the river.

The Fatwalk, which was first envisaged in the Greater London Plan of 1944, is one of the Mayor’s Great Spaces projects and the project has been developed with the London Design Agency and Design for London, as well as the boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets.

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