Building Design

Floating Thames River Park Hits Bottom

Navigational safety issues may have sunk plans for Gensler's #60m London scheme

David Rogers

The authorities tasked with approving Gensler's plans for a #60 million floating river park on the Thames, which was due to have opened this summer, believe they have been quietly shelved.

Peter Rees, chief planning officer at the City of London, told BD that "no contact" had been made by the architects or developer, Singapore firm Venus, since 2011. "Maybe it sank," he added.

Venus withdrew the application late last year after it emerged that the Port of London Authority (PLA), which looks after navigational safety on the river, had raised objections to the plan. …

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