In what looks like a bid to give London its very own Waterworld, Boris Johnson has unveiled his plans for London’s first ‘floating village’ in Newham. Johnson intends to create a community of homes, hotels, restaurants and bars in the Royal Docks that he hopes will ‘breathe new life’ into the capital’s waterways.
The Mayor of London is looking for developers to design and develop the 15-acre site, which, when complete, would be one and half times the size of Green Park and have some of the best transport links in the capital. The village would have a new Crossrail station, the DLR and the Emirates Airline cable car, under which the site is located, to link it to central London and Canary Wharf.
It’s also part of a drive to increase jobs, commercial space and homes. Mr Johnson said: ‘This site is unique. It has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital.’ Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: ‘London is moving eastwards and the Royal Docks offer an investment opportunity in scale unmatched anywhere in Europe. They will become a vibrant, exciting and fun visitor attraction, which will draw people not just from across the capital but across the country.’
Wales added that the proposals for the floating village ‘reflects Newham’s status as London’s regeneration priority for the next 25 years’ and will ‘further cement the area’s reputation as one of the capital’s must-visit places.’
Let’s just hope that, like Waterworld, Newham’s floating village isn’t a big wet flop. Kate Hutchinson