Carillion selected for UK's first floating village
Carillion Igloo Genesis has been selected to design and construct the UK's first 'floating village' at London's Royal Docks.The company will transform the 15 acres of water at the site into a thriving community with floating homes, restaurants, cafes and bars. A custom-build approach is to be adopted for each of the 50 residential properties and a blue water square, framed by a market square and a floating corniche. This will enable prospective residents to be part of the design process of their homes.A large, multi-purpose events space is also to be constructed, along with other non-residential uses such as leisure and office space.Floating developments are already popular on the continent. Successful schemes have been constructed at ljburg near Amsterdam and Hafen City in Hamburg, as well as in many locations throughout Scandinavia.The floating village's architects are dRMM, led by Professor Alex de Rijke, and the engineers are Buro Happold. Dutch floating structures experts Mark van Ommen of Floatbase and Ton van Namen of Monteflore have assisted the project.All of Carillion's submission is floating, with a series of piles located within the dock used to anchor the residential and non-residential units. The structures will be connected to the dock by bridges.Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "This site has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital while breathing new life back into London's waterways.Carillion Igloo Genesis' scheme will create a unique mixed use development providing a range of commercial activities within a high quality water environment for Londoners and visitors, creating jobs and raising the profile of London’s Royal Docks."The mayor inherited nearly 700 hectares of land as a result of the Localism Act and is currently one of the capital's biggest landowners.Mr Johnson intends to bring as much of this land as possible forward for development, and the regeneration of the Royal Docks area forms part of these plans. Recent investments in the area include the opening of the Emirates cable car and the Siemens Crystal Centre.
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