Floating Village earmarked for Royal Docks

By Rob Virtue on March 12, 2013 12:20 PM |

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Plans have been announced by Boris Johnson to create a floating village in the Royal Docks.

The London Mayor said he wants homes, hotels, restaurants and bars in the area directly under the Emirates Air Line cable car and next to the Siemens Pavilion. The scheme is based on successes in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Scandinavia.

The mayor said: "This site is unique. It has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital while breathing new life back into London's waterways.

"But it's not alone. Right across London there are incredible investment opportunities that I'm determined to bring to market creating more homes and jobs for Londoners."


Back in 2011, Newham Council backed plans for a village in the dock after the idea by architects Egret West won a Meanwhile London Competition to help kick-start regeneration of the area.

It involved five restaurants, a bar, a cafe and a lido. However, the plans never materialised, while another winner, The Pleasure Gardens, flopped.

A formal procurement process will now begin on the new plans this summer.

It will be open to UK developers, as well as international firms with London-based partners.

If it goes ahead it will be one and a half-times the size of Green Park with transport links to the DLR, Crossrail and the cable car nearby.

However, it has already been opposed by campaign group against London City Airport expansion as it is under the flight path.

Campaigner Alan Haughton said: "This 'floating village' would be a village of the damned.

"Nobody wants to live with the risk of an aircraft coming down on their family, never mind all the other associated risks like noise."