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Studio Octopi exceeds Thames Baths' crowdfunding target

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Studio Octopi has exceeded its £125,000 crowdfunding target for its proposed Thames Baths floating lido

The practice was hoping to raise £125,000 to ‘get on the road to planning permission’ for the project, but it has rocketed past this, netting more than £135,000 since the campaign launched a month ago.

The news comes just days after the practice revealed new images which, it claims, show the concept could work anywhere along the river,

In a statement released after hitting the target, Thames Baths founder Chris Romer-Lee, said: ‘We will continue to push on. We want to make this even more funded.

‘We want to open up even more opportunities by reaching not just £125,000 but potentially £150,000 and maybe even beyond … we are dreamers after all.’   

Initial plans for a lido at Temple Stairs off the Victoria Embankment feature a floating pontoon, incorporating two pools and a large publicly accessible decked area, which rises and falls with the tide.

Backed by artist Tracy Emin, the scheme was first revealed as one of five concepts selected for an exhibition of ideas called London As It Could be Now – a programme developed by the Architecture Foundation alongside Richard Rogers and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Those who pledge money to the project - the minimum pledge is £8 - will receive free swims during the lido’s opening year.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page.


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