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Tuesday
Oct252011

First Look: London River Park

Gensler is working on a project to create a mile-long floating park along the River Thames.

We're delighted to present a new animated video that offers a sneak peek inside Gensler's design of the London River Park. The park will introduce a whole new dimension to the River Thames for Londoners and visitors to the capital. By attracting a projected 3.5 million visitors annually, London River Park should become the latest iconic, must-visit attraction in the historic heart of London.

This animation shows how Londoners and visitors will experience these four acres of new public space on the River Thames. Features include sweeping city views, abundant park benches and natural foliage, and an open-air lido. 

Gensler initially conceived the London River Park in response to our Open Space: An Asset Without a Champion research. We subsequently submitted London River Park for the 2010 London Planning Awards, at which the concept garnered the Best Conceptual Project Award and the overall Mayor's Planning Excellence Award. The vision for the park was to create and revitalise public space along the north bank of River Thames, providing the world's first floating riverwalk situated between Blackfriars and the Tower of London.

Subject to City of London planning approval later this year, the park is slated to open in time for the 2012 London Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which will include a Thames flotilla of 1,000 boats on June 3. Plans call for the temporary structure to remain in place for five years. The planning application is made by the London River Park Ltd, and the project is funded by the Venus Asset Group of Singapore. Upon approval, the park will be built by a world-class team including Mace.

We will post more information soon, and full project information is available at www.londonriverpark.org.

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